Guy Pearce & Kristen Wiig to Star in Romance 'Hateship, Friendship'

October 18, 2012
Source: THR

Guy Pearce / Kristen Wiig

Just because Guy Pearce is coming off two huge blockbusters with Prometheus and Iron Man 3 doesn't mean he's done with indies. In fact, THR reports that Pearce, Kristen Wiig, True Grit's Hailee Steinfeld, and Nick Nolte have signed on for Hateship, Friendship, an indie dramedy based on Alice Munro's book of short stories, Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage. In this interesting assembly of talent, Wiig will play a nanny for a wild teen (Steinfeld) who sets up the nanny with her recovering addict father via e-mail, and Nolte plays the girl's grandfather, who blames Pearce for the death of his daughter.

The film will be directed by Liza Johnson, who made her mark when she wrote and directed Return back in 2011, which starred Linda Cardellini and Michael Shannon. The book version of Hateship, Friendship centers on a series of nine stories, some of which include (via Amazon):

A tough-minded housekeeper jettisons the habits of a lifetime because of a teenager’s practical joke. A college student visiting her brassy, unconventional aunt stumbles on an astonishing secret and its meaning in her own life. An incorrigible philanderer responds with unexpected grace to his wife’s nursing-home romance.

From the sound of it, we're only going to see the first housekeeper/teenager storyline explored in the film (written by Mark Poirier), but perhaps this is only the first wave of a larger cast yet to be announced. Since the movie begins filming next week in New Orleans, we'll either be hearing more casting updates very soon or have our suspicions confirmed regarding the filmmakers only highlighting one part of this anthology. I'm hoping it's just a contained story, because these romantic dramas with nine or ten separate stories (New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day, He's Just Not That Into You) are wearing out their welcome. But it should be interesting to see Pearce in a film like this after his more recent sci-fi and action roles.

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