Patricia Clarkson Opens Up On Scorsese's 'Ashecliffe.' Well, Sort Of.

Patricia ClarksonPatricia Clarkson's role in the upcoming Martin Scorsese picture "Ashecliffe" (formerly "Shutter Island") is epic, it's life-changing, it's a tour de force. And, oh yeah, it's a complete mystery.

"I don't want people to know who I'm playing," the talented actress teased us when we recently caught up with her. "It's a great character and it's very exciting. It's a challenging role and I'm looking forward to it.

"I've had a very long talk with [Martin] about it," the actress added when we pressed her for more details.

An adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel, "Shutter Island" follows U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he investigates the escape of a murderess from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Alongside Mark Ruffalo as Chuck Aule and Ben Kingsley as Dr. John Cawley, IMDB has Clarkson listed as playing Nurse Marino. But that can't possibly be right given how jazzed Clarkson seemed for the role - can it? After all, Marino is a small part.

Full disclosure, I haven't read the book (although I did just read the last five pages on Google Books. SNAP!) Maybe somebody who has can make heads or tails of what Clarkson said of her conversations with Scorsese:

"We discussed how she is emotionally and physically challenged. She's been through a lot," Clarkson said of her mystery character. "There's twists and turns and surprises with this character and I think that she has a lot at stake. She's a very intelligent woman but she's very compromised when you meet her."

Ring a bell with anyone? Sound off on who Clarkson is playing below.