Aaron Johnson,and Mia Wasikowska, now aged 21, will star together in Glenn Close's new feature film, ‘Albert Nobbs’.
Aaron replaces previously attached Orlando Bloom to play Joe and Mia replaces Amanda Seyfried as Helen, after filming was delayed from earlier this year.
Directed by Rodrigo Garcia (Nine Lives) and written by Glenn Close (who also produces and stars in) and John Banville (The Sea), the film will centre around Glenn Close’s title character – a woman in 19th century Ireland who disguises herself as a man in order to survive and work but whose deception leads her to an unusual love triangle.
19th century Ireland: a woman with no husband or family and without work would face a bleak life of poverty and loneliness. Albert, a shy butler who keeps himself to himself, has been hiding a deep secret for years - 'he' is a woman who has had to dress and behave as a man all her life in order to escape this fate. When handsome painter Hubert Page arrives at the hotel, Albert is inspired to try and escape the false life she has created for herself. She gathers her nerves to court beautiful, saucy young maid Helen in whom she thinks she's found a soul-mate - but Helen's eye is on a new arrival: handsome, bad-boy Joe, the new handy-man! As Albert dares to hope that she might one day live a normal life, we catch a glimpse of a free-spirited woman who is caught in the wrong time... This humorous but ultimately poignant ensemble story about life 'below-stairs' is nothing less than Gosford Park meets Boys Don't Cry.
The film also stars Janet McTeer (Into the Storm), Brendan Gleeson (Into the Storm), Brenda Fricker (My Left Foot) and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (The Tudors).
Filming will commence on Monday, December 13th, with the feature set to shoot until January 28th 2011 in and around Dublin’s city centre.