Six-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close could finally land an Oscar for her role as the overlooked wife of an author, relegated to the shadows for far too long.
The film, based on the 2003 novel by Meg Wolitzer, saw the actress earn career-best raves for her performance. Following its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, “The Wife” was snapped up by distributors and purchased by Sony Picture Classics, who likely held the film for a mid-2018 release to avoid the already-crowded Best Actress Oscar race.
Close stars as Joan, a former writer who travels to Stockholm with her author husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) as he accepts the Nobel Prize for Literature. Approached by an interviewer (Christian Slater), Joan spills some dark secrets about her unravelling marriage that has put her own ambitions as a talented writer on the back-burner for too long.
“Don’t paint me as a victim. I’m much more interesting than that,” Joan says in the trailer as flashbacks paint her as the “kingmaker” to her husband’s success.
If the casting of the younger Joan seems spot-on, there’s a reason for that — young Joan is played by Close’s real-life daughter Annie Starke. In the flashback scenes the young writer is at college, pursuing her career dreams despite the traditional gender norms of the era.
“It was probably one of the trickiest roles I’ve ever confronted,” Close tells Vanity Fair. “I think it’s a situation that every woman in the audience can relate to, whether they’re of younger generations or not.”