There’s no news on which characters from the play each of the actors will play, but they will end up being cast in the roles of two married couples who meet after their children get in a fight at school. The story is set in Brooklyn, though since Polanski is not allowed in the United States he is filming it in Paris for 12 weeks starting in February.
The fight is caused because 11-year old Bruno refuses to let 11-year-old Ferdinand join his ’gang,’ so Ferdinand knocks out two of Ferdinand’s teeth with a stick. The story starts when both children’s parents meet to discuss the fight. Ferdinand’s father Alain is described as a lawyer never off his cell phone, while the mother Annette’s purpose is seemingly only to manage her husband’s wealth. Bruno’s father Michel is a wholesaler who has to take care of his sick mother, while his mother Véronique is working on a book about Darfur.
Things come to a head with the parents devolve into childish behaviors themselves and end up getting into irrational arguments about such loaded topics as misogyny, racial prejudice and homophobia. It’s unclear whether Polanski will add extra drama to the film beyond just their arguments at night, or if he’lll stick pretty close to the original play.
Personally, I think the perfect match-ups would be Dillon and Winslet as Ferdinand’s parents and Waltz and Foster as Bruno’s parents. It will be great to see these four great actors clash on screen though, and the film will at least be interesting if not thrilling and disturbing.
Do you think these four actors will be good for these roles? Which characters do you hope they end up playing?