Film star Nicolas Cage may star in a movie adaptation of August Strindberg's Miss Julie, according to a report in Variety. The film would be adapted and piloted by Mike Figgis, who directed Cage to an Oscar-winning performance in Leaving Las Vegas. Cage would play Jean, the callous, opportunistic servant who drives his master's daughter, Miss Julie, to suicide. Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) would play Julie. The most famous film version of Strindberg's classic play is the 1950 Swedish version directed by Alf Sjoberg. The movie won that year's Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. A 1972 English film starred Helen Mirren and Donal McCann.
Swedish master August Strindberg (1849-1912) wrote more than 50 plays, including The Ghost Sonata, The Stronger, Creditors, The Dance of Death, and The Father, which was given a successful production starring Frank Langella in 1996 at Broadway's Roundabout Theatre Company.
-- By Robert Simonson