'Albert Nobbs,' in which Close stars as a Victorian-era Dubliner passing as a man, has just been acquired for U.S. distribution by Liddell Entertainment and Roadside Attractions, with a planned fall release date. (Hello, Oscar voters!)
"Glenn Close appears in nearly every frame as Albert Nobbs, and her performance is masterful," said Mickey Liddell of Liddell Entertainment in a press release. "This is an intimate film full of big ideas in the tradition of 'Gosford Park' and 'Sense and Sensibility.'"
Close first played the role nearly 30 years ago in an off-Broadway production of the play, 'The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs,' which won her an Obie Award. She's spent 15 years trying to bring the project to the screen and serves as the film's co-producer and co-scripter.
See a larger image of Close in 19th-century drag after the jump.
Rodrigo Garcia ('Mother and Child') directed the film, which co-stars Aaron Johnson ('Kick-Ass'), Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Janet McTeer, Pauline Collins, Brenda Fricker and Brendan Gleeson.
Over a year ago, Amanda Seyfried talked to Moviefone about her part as a maid, but she and potential co-star Orlando Bloom left the project before filming. Their parts went to Wasikowska and Johnson.
Eric d'Arbeloff, co-presidents of Roadside Attractions, said, "This great story about a woman forced to hide in plain sight will resonate with contemporary filmgoers. Glenn Close is one of the true leading ladies of American cinema, and her vision for this film is incredibly inspiring."
[via IndieWire, Variety]
Does this sound like Oscar bait? And does a cross-dressing Close make a convincing man?