Broadway's Michael Mayer will direct a cast led by Annette Bening as the theatrical grande dame Arcadian, along with Corey Stoll as the playwright Trigorin, Saoirse Ronan as Nina and Billy Howle as Konstantin. Additional casting will be announced later.
Stephen Karam will adapt Chekhov's masterpiece about a group of writers and actors gathered at a country house in rural Russia. The play was satirized by Christopher Durang in his Tony-winning comedy, Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike.
The film is scheduled for a 2016 release.