Before he was Eduardo Saverin or Peter Parker, Andrew Garfield broke out in the excellent, small drama Boy A. Director John Crowley showed great potential and while his Michael Caine-starring follow-up Is Anybody There? didn’t quite have the same magic, he’s still receiving many opportunities to prove himself. As he’s currently shooting a thriller starring Eric Bana and Rebecca Hall, another one of his projects has been announced at Cannes.

Teaming two of Hollywood’s finest actresses, Crowley’s drama Carol will be led by Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska. The adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s (The Talented Mr. Ripley) novel by Phyllis Nagy follows two woman in the 1950s New York, on a department store worker in her twenties and another old woman in a bad marriage.

As Blanchett gears up for back-to-back Terrence Malick films and Wasikowska is coming off the stirring Jane Eyre and the other Lawless, premiering at Cannes, these already superb actresses have much to look forward to. I can’t imagine a better pair-up for this project and one can check out a synopsis below via Amazon.

Therese first glimpses Carol in the New York department store where she is working as a sales assistant. Carol is choosing a present for her daughter; she looks preoccupied, exuding an aura of elegance as perfect as a secret. Standing there at the counter, Therese suddenly feels wholly innocent – wholly unprepared for the first shock of love. Therese was nineteen, and loved by a young man she cared about, but could not desire. Carol was a sophisticated married woman. Now Therese seemed to have no other purpose to her life other than their meeting First published under a pseudonym in 1952, Carol is a love story told with compelling wit and eroticism, and consummate tenderness.

Production kicks off this February in New York and London.

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