Scenes From a Marriage, HBO’s limited series, is going to replace one of the multiple Oscar nominee with another for its female lead. Jessica Chastain will be starring opposite Oscar Isaac in the drama, which is an adaptation of the 1970 miniseries of Ingmar Bergman. She will be taking over the part from Michelle Williams, who had to drop out of the series because of scheduling conflicts.
Hagai Levi, previously worked in HBO’s Our Boys and In Treatment, is going to adapt Bergman’s classic and will also be directing. The project comes from Media Res and Endeavor Content. Also, the limited series will be reexamining the original miniseries’ iconic depiction of love, desire, hatred, monogamy, marriage, and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple.
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The American couple is played by Isaac, who was previously seen in HBO’s Show Me A Hero, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, and Chastain, previously seen in It Chapter Two and Zero Dark Thirty. They also co-starred in A Most Violent Year, the 2014 feature film.
Chastain is coming off The 355, a spy thriller, which is slated for an early 2021 release, and recently wrapped The Eyes of Tammy Faye. She has also all set to play the country music icon Tammy Wynette in Paramount Network and Spectrum’s limited series, George and Tammy. She is repped by Mosaic, CAA, Hansen Jacobson, and Imprint RR.
Levi, along with Isaac, Amy Herzog, Chastain, Michael Ellenberg, Daniel Bergman, Lars Blomgren, and Blair Bread, executively produces Scenes From a Marriage.
The story explores the disintegration of the marriage between a family lawyer specializing in divorce, Marianne, and Johan, spanning a period of 10 years. The teleplay of Bergman draws on his own experiences, including his relationship with Ullmann. It was filmed on a small budget in Stockholm and Fårö in the year 1972.
The miniseries was condensed into a theatrical version after initially airing on Swedish TV in six parts, and received positive reviews in Sweden and internationally. This project was also the subject of controversy for its perceived influence on rising divorce rates in Europe.
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