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Kate Winslet & Matthias Schoenaerts To Star In Alan Rickman Directed Period Drama 'A Little Chaos'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
January 17, 2013 8:25 PM
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Persistence pays off it would seem. To date, celebrated actor Alan Rickman only has one feature film directing credit to his name, 1997's "The Winter Guest," and while we've yet to see a sophomore effort, it hasn't been for lack of trying. Rickman has had a couple of projects percolating over the years, but the one that he's stuck with has been "A Little Chaos." It looks like his determination has finally yielded some results, with two great actors on board and a start date in sight.

Baz Bamigboye reveals that Kate Winslet and "Rust & Bone" star Matthias Schoenaerts will topline the Rickman directed "A Little Chaos." Penned by Allison Deegan, the film will tell the unique story of rival landscapes gardeners who are both commissioned to create a fountain at Versailles by Louis XIV. Winslet and Schoenaerts will spar in the main roles, and Rickman has been busy scouting locations and revising the script in preparation for a spring shoot. It will be Winslet's second time up to bat with Rickman, co-starring with him in "Sense & Sensibility," while Schoenaerts adds the project to a very busy 2013 slate that also includes "Suite Francaise" with Michelle Williams. The guy sure knows how to pick his projects.

While we wonder about just how compelling a gardening drama with frocks and wigs will be, we'd basically watch Winslet and Schoenaerts read the phonebook, so we're down. It's been a long journey for Rickman who has been talking up this one for years, but hopefully everything is finally in place.

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10 Comments

  • Sam | August 12, 2013 5:45 PMReply

    Rickman has directed television, stage and at least one other film. He's a wonderful actor and from I've seen just as wonderful a director.

  • Toby | February 9, 2013 8:35 AMReply

    I believe it's 'Alison' Deegan.

  • Lucy | January 18, 2013 6:27 PMReply

    That sounds really interesting and I love the leads. I can't wait to see this one.

  • Real | January 18, 2013 5:33 PMReply

    Sounds good. Maybe a title change might be needed though?

  • cynthia | January 18, 2013 11:42 AMReply

    hiI would like to know if he(it) not to look for no extras for the movie we are 2 to be to interest?

  • Erik | January 18, 2013 6:00 AMReply

    The Winter Guest was a terrific little movie, so I would say that Alan Rickman has shown some merit as a director.

  • oogle monster | January 18, 2013 1:07 AMReply

    Yo real time- and I only want an answer from Kevin or Rodrigo at the Playlist, is Rickman a good director or are we looking at a rickety rack hack? Aka Tom hOOper fellow? I trust your judgement Kevin/Rodrigo even though you sorta kinda hate on PTA but you're good people... so, spill them beans...

  • Jake | January 17, 2013 9:33 PMReply

    I suggest casting Keira Knightley in a part in this film. Now with her and Winslet that would be an original cast for a period film.

  • Emma | January 17, 2013 9:17 PMReply

    Rickman has only directed one film though, which isn't really enough to judge him as a director. This could be good.

  • kris | January 17, 2013 8:40 PMReply

    well i am disappointed.working with rickman as a director?kate you can do better..also somebody should tell her enough about love storys.

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