Written by Lelio and Rebecca Lenkiewicz (“Ida”), “Disobedience” is based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Naomi Alderman which follows a woman (Weisz) who returns to her Orthodox Jewish home after learning about the death of her estranged father. Her rekindling of a repressed love for her best friend – a woman now married to her cousin, played by McAdams – causes upheaval in the community.
The film was produced by Frida Torresblanco for Braven Films, Weisz for HGS Productions, and Ed Guiney for Element Pictures. “‘Disobedience’ is a timely, distinctive and emotionally powerful story set at the crossroads of tradition and modernity, of personal desires and the demands of faith,” FilmNation said in a press statement Tuesday.
The untitled Julianne Moore project is produced by Juan de Dios Larraín, who produced Lelio’s “Gloria,” along with his brother, Pablo Larraín, one of Latin America’s most reputed film directors (“Jackie”). Inspired by the redoubtable central character of “Gloria,” the project turns on a woman in her fifties, who, though alone and lonely is not done with romance, seeking love at social dance clubs for single adults in Los Angeles. When she meets Arnold, initiating a passionate love affair, she gives her all to a new relationship, whatever her doubts.
FilmNation is currently in post-production on Dan Fogelman’s “Life Itself.” It produced six features in 2016 including Denis Villeneuve’s Academy Award winning feature “Arrival,” recent specialty box office success “Gifted,” from Marc Webb, and the highly-anticipated upcoming Sundance Film Festival breakout “The Big Sick.”