Smith also starred in the London stage premiere of Bennett's The Lady in the Van. She will be joined on screen by Alex Jennings (A Midsummer Night's Dream, "The Queen"), who will play the role of Bennett.
Tony winner Smith's Broadway credits include New Faces of 1956, Private Lives, Night and Day and Lettice and Lovage. The two-time Oscar winner's film work includes "California Suite, "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and "A Room with a View." She currently stars in "Downton Abbey." Her work at the Royal National Theatre includes Othello, Hedda Gabler, The Master Builder and Much Ado About Nothing. Smith has been nominated for six Olivier Awards.
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.