Tony Winner John Lithgow to Co-Star With Alfred Molina in Ira Sachs' "Love Is Strange"; Cheyenne Jackson Among Cast

Tony winner John Lithgow will co-star with Alfred Molina in the new film "Love Is Strange," according to

John Lithgow
John Lithgow

Lithgow replaces Michael Gambon, who was originally cast in Ira Sachs' movie but dep arted the project due to scheduling conflicts.

Lithgow and Molina will play Ben and Jorge, respectively, partners of 38 years who marry at City Hall. After Jorge loses his job, the two are forced to live apart.

"We'll be playing the main roles in the best script I've read in years," said Lithgow in a statement, "a vivid portrait of marriage, with all its joy, folly and occasional heartbreak."

The movie will also feature Cheyenne Jackson ( The Performers, Finian's Rainbow, Xanadu), Tony winner Tracy Letts ( Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and Olivier nominee Kelly Reilly.

Lithgow was last seen on Broadway in a Tony-nominated performance in The Columnist. The Tony and Emmy winner's stage c redits also include All My Sons, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Sweet Smell of Success, The Front Page and Beyond Therapy. His film work includes "The World According to Garp," "Terms of Endearment" and "Shrek," and his TV credits include "Third Rock From the Sun," "Dexter" and "How I Met Your Mother."

Molina is a three-time Tony nominee ( Red, Fiddler on the Roof, Art), whose film credits include "Chocolat," "An Education" and "Spider-Man 2." His TV work includes "Ladies Man," "Bram and Alice" and "Monday Mornings."

Sachs is also a producer of "Love Is Strange," alongside Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy, and Lucas Joaquin. Filming is slated to begin in August in New York City.