Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong Are Ready to Get 'Closer to the Moon'
Though we recently saw the trailer for her first venture behind the camera as director of the religious family drama Higher Ground, actress Vera Farmiga is still keeping busy in front of the camera. She recently finished shooting the action thriller Safe House with Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds, but now Deadline reports she's booked a new role in Closer to the Moon, a period drama set in communist Russia with Mark Strong also starring. Romanian filmmaker Nae Caranfil will direct the film which is slated to begin production sometime in the early fall on location in Bucharest. Story details below!
The film follows Strong as Max Rosenthal, a former head of a criminal investigation unit for the Bucharest police force after he and four prominent Jews pulled off a bank robbery while assuring the crowds they were filming a movie. They are tried and sentenced to death because they are Jews, but only after the communist government forces them to re-enact their crime in a propaganda film. There's that film-within-a-film angle that makes this feel Charlie Kaufman-esque, but on a very cruel level. Farmiga will play Rosenthal's former lover and mother of their child, who returns from studying in Moscow as the drama unfolds. Sounds like this could be one to keep an eye on during awards season next year.