The first image of Glenn Close on the Dublin set of Albert Nobbs has landed online. In the film, Close plays an English woman who disguises herself as a male (pretty convincingly, I might add) so as to land a job as a butler in 19th century Ireland. In addition to starring, Close is also credited as a producer and co-writer. Joining the five-time Academy Award nominee in the film are Michael Gambon (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Showtime’s The Tudors), Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass), and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland). Rodrigo García directs (HBO’s In Treatment).
Hit the jump to check out the image as well as an official synopsis. Albert Nobbs is based on the short story by George Moore and is currently looking at a 2011 release.
Click to enlarge the image [from Daily Mail]:
Here’s the official synopsis:
19th century Ireland: a woman with no husband or family and without work would face a bleak life of poverty and loneliness. Albert, a shy butler who keeps himself to himself, has been hiding a deep secret for years – ‘he’ is a woman who has had to dress and behave as a man all her life in order to escape this fate. When handsome painter Hubert Page arrives at the hotel, Albert is inspired to try and escape the false life she has created for herself. She gathers her nerves to court beautiful, saucy young maid Helen in whom she thinks she’s found a soul-mate – but Helen’s eye is on a new arrival: handsome, bad-boy Joe, the new handy-man! As Albert dares to hope that she might one day live a normal life, we catch a glimpse of a free-spirited woman who is caught in the wrong time… This humorous but ultimately poignant ensemble story about life ‘below-stairs’ is nothing less than Gosford Park meets Boys Don’t Cry.