Quite the cast has been assembled for Return writer/director Liza Johnson’s indie dramedy, Hateship, Friendship, one that includes Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), Guy Pearce (Prometheus) and Nick Nolte (Warrior). The picture is an adaptation of Alice Munro’s 2002 novel, “Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage.” Written for the screen by Mark Poirier (Goats), Hateship, Friendship centers on a woman (Wiig) hired to care for a wild teenage girl (Steinfeld), who then sets up a romance between the nanny and her own estranged father (Pearce), a recovering addict living in another town. Nolte will play the grandfather who blames Pearce’s character for the death of the girl’s mother. Hit the jump for more.
THR reported on the ensemble casting for Hateship, Friendship. Wiig, who recently wrapped on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opposite Ben Stiller, will next lend her voice to sequels Despicable Me 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 2. Pearce is finishing out a busy year (Lawless, Lockout, Prometheus) by filming Iron Man 3, a little film by Shane Black. Up-and-comer Steinfeld recently wrapped on Can a Song Save Your Life? with Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley, as well as starring in Carlo Carlei’s Romeo and Juliet and, of course, Gavin Hood’s Ender’s Game adaptation, starring Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin and Viola Davis. The resurgent Nolte will next appear in Warner Bros.’ Gangster Squad and in Parker opposite Jason Statham.
Check out a book description for Munro’s Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage below (via Amazon):
A superb new collection from one of our best and best-loved writers. Nine stories draw us immediately into that special place known as Alice Munro territory–a place where an unexpected twist of events or a suddenly recaptured memory can illumine the arc of an entire life.
The fate of a strong-minded housekeeper with a “frizz of reddish hair,” just entering the dangerous country of old-maidhood, is unintentionally (and deliciously) reversed by a teenaged girl’s practical joke. A college student visiting her aunt for the first time and recognizing the family furniture stumbles on a long-hidden secret and its meaning in her own life. An inveterate philanderer finds the tables turned when he puts his wife into an old-age home. A young cancer patient stunned by good news discovers a perfect bridge to her suddenly regained future. A woman recollecting an afternoon’s wild lovemaking with a stranger realizes how the memory of that encounter has both changed for her and sustained her through a lifetime.
Men and women are subtly revealed. Personal histories, both complex and simple, unfold in rich detail of circumstance and feeling. Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage provides the deep pleasures and rewards that Alice Munro’s large and ever- growing audience has come to expect.