As You Like It's Lily Rabe Will Star in Upcoming Mary Pickford Biopic
17 May 2012
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Tony Award nominee Lily Rabe will star as Mary Pickford in an upcoming untitled film based on Eileen Whitfield's biography "Pickford: The Woman Who Made Hollywood," according to Deadline.com.
The project, penned by Josh Fagin, is scheduled to begin production in early 2013. Producers Julie Pacino and Jennifer DeLia are in the process of casting the roles of Charlie Chaplin, Pickford's mother and manager Charlotte Hennessy, her friend and collaborator Frances Marion, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith.
Rabe, who was recently seen on Broadway in Seminar, was nominated for a Tony Award in 2011 for her performance in The Merchant of Venice. She has also been seen on Broadway in The American Plan, Heartbreak House and Steel Magnolias and will star as Rosalind in the upcoming Shakespeare in the Park production of As You Like It.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.