More than a year after our first look arrived, we finally have some more substantial glimpses at one of our most-anticipated pictures of 2014: Miss Julie, which sees Jessica Chastain, Samantha Morton, and Colin Farrell lead another interpretation of the eponymous classic text, this time adapted by none other than Liv Ullmann. Not just another costume-drama in the vein of Masterpiece Theater.
And, thankfully, a premiere might be right around the corner, what with TIFF — exactly the kind of fall festival that this title (based on what we actually know of it) fits into — being some three months away. We can, today, bring you a batch of new photos from the picture — production stills of Chastain and Farrell glaring / kissing, along with a couple of shots featuring Ullmann in the midst of directing — as well as a first poster. Some sort of in-movement peek will be needed to make a better judgement, but, for the time being, what’s here is further promise of something special.
Taking place at a large country estate in Britain over the course of one 1880s midsummer night, Miss Julie explores the brutal, flirtatious power struggle between Julie and John – a young aristocratic woman and her father’s valet.
She is all hauteur longing for abasement; he, polished but coarse. The two of them held together by mutual loathing and attraction. At turns seductive and tender, savage and bullying, their story builds inevitably to a mad, impulsive tryst. Plans are made in desperation, a vision of a life together – unsure if the morning light then brings hope or hopelessness, Julie and John find their escape in an act that is as sublime and horrific as anything in Greek tragedy.
Liv Ullman’s Miss Julie will skillfully weave this great original story of the battle between the sexes and the classes.
Miss Julie is expected to premiere in the fall and is seeking U.S. distribution.
What do these pictures do for your anticipation?