Cate Blanchett set for Carol

Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska will star in 1950s drama 'Carol', playing lesbian lovers

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Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska will star in 'Carol'.

The actresses will play lesbian lovers in 1950s New York City in the drama, which is based on Patricia Highsmith's 1952 romance novel, 'The Price of Salt', according to ScreenDaily.com.

The film centres on a young woman in her 20s who works in a department store but dreams of a more exciting life (Wasikowska) and a woman trapped in a loveless marriage (Blanchett) as they embark on a torrid affair.

Oscar-nominated director Todd Haynes - who previously worked with Blanchett on Bob Dylan biopic 'I'm Not There' - will helm the movie.

Producer Elizabeth Karlsen said: "Todd is without a doubt one of the most talented directors working today. His attachment to direct this script and cast is a dream come true."

Theatre director Phyllis Nagy wrote the script for the film.

Blanchett recently reprised her role as Galadriel from the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy in prequel, 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey', and is currently filming George Clooney drama 'The Monuments Men'. She is next set to film Disney's live action adaptation of 'Cinderella', playing the fairytale princess' evil stepmother.

Meanwhile, Wasikowska recently finished filming comedy 'The Double' and drama 'Tracks'.

Carol

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 118 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Todd Haynes
  • Cast: Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler

Manhattan, 1952: young department store clerk and aspiring photographer Therese (Mara) meets sophisticated older woman Carol (Blanchett), and feels inexplicably giddy. Achingly beautiful, slow-burning study of lesbian romance and female strength in the face of adversity, with outstanding performances from Blanchett and…

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