Wilde, the movie biography of Oscar Wilde set to begin filming in London this month, has added Vanessa Redgrave to its cast. Redgrave will portray the mother of Oscar Wilde, played in the movie by actor/writer Stephen Fry. Jude Law, who made a splash in New York and London in Indiscretions/Les Parents Terribles, will co-star as Wilde's lover, Lord Alfred Douglas. A number of Wilde biographies have been proposed over the years, including a production to be directed by Mike Nichols and starring Liam Neeson as the famed writer. By getting out of the starting blocks first, Wilde may scotch the other biopics, which have not proceeded beyond the discussion phase.
Wilde, to be directed by Brian Gilbert, fills out Redgrave's already hectic schedule. In recent months, the venerable actress has appeared in the movies Mission: Impossible and A Month by the Lake, and she has just wrapped filming of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway. Early in 1997, Redgrave will return to New York directing and starring in Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra at the Public Theater.