Tracy Letts and Kelly Reilly Join LOVE IS STRANGE Indie Film


According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts will join Ira Sachs's indie film LOVE IS STRANGE from Parts & Labor, alongside Kelly Reilly, Michael Gambon and Alfred Molina. Production is slated to begin in New York City this summer.

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Gambon and Molina play Ben and George, a couple who after 28 years together, finally marry at a City Hall wedding in Manhattan. On return from their honeymoon, however, Ben gets fired from his job as a choir director for a Catholic high school. With not enough money to stay in their small apartment, the two are forced to move in, separately, with a nephew and his family in Brooklyn, and the two gay cops next door. Letts and Reilly will play the nephew and his wife, who struggle with their relationship after Ben and George move in.

A multi-generational story of love and marriage, LOVE IS STRANGE depicts the delicate nature of any two people trying to build a long life together, and the possibility of love to grow deeper, and richer, with time.

Letts is the author of August: Osage County and Superior Donuts, among other plays. The writer and actor is currently starring on Broadway in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? His screenplays include Killer Joe, Bug, and the film adaptation of August: Osage County, which will receive a fall 2013 release.

Reilly last appeared in Flight opposite Denzel Washington. Her other credits include A Single Shot and the West End's After Miss Julie, for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award in 2004.

Sachs, whose latest feature Keep the Lights On premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, is currently nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards including Best Feature, Best Director, Best Actor (Thure Lindhardt) and Best Screenplay. He co-wrote LOVE IS STRANGE with Lights' Mauricio Zacharias. His previous films include Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning Forty Shades of Blue, and Married Life, with Chris Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, and Patricia Clarkson.

Sachs is a producer of LOVE IS STRANGE, along with Parts & Labor partners, Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy (Beginners, The Loneliest Planet), as well as Lucas Joaquin (Keep the Lights On, Beasts of the Southern Wild). Parts & Labor currently have three films in competition at Sundance: David Lowery's film Ain't Them Bodies Saints, starring Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara and Ben Foster; photojournalist Shaul Schwarz's documentary Narco Cultura; and Andrew Dosunmu's second feature Mother of George. Love Is Strange will be a continuation of a long-standing creative partnership between the four NYC-based Producers that began in 2004 with Sachs's Forty Shades of Blue. Paris-based Co-Producers are Janja Kralj of Kinoelektron and Adam Leibovitz of Crescendo Films.