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'Weekend' and 'Looking' Director Andrew Haigh Gets Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay for '45 Years'

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by Beth Hanna
February 13, 2014 1:11 PM
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"Weekend" director Andrew Haigh, who has been taking on helming and executive producing duties on the HBO series "Looking," has a new project in the works. Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay are set to star Haigh's "45 Years," which is eyeing a spring start date.

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Per Variety, the film follows one Kate Mercer (Rampling) in the five days leading up to her 45th wedding anniversary. All is fine until an unnerving letter arrives from her husband: the body of Kate's first lover has been found frozen and perfectly preserved in a glacier in the Swiss Alps. This of course sets an altogether different mood for the imminent wedding anniversary.

The story was adapted by Haigh from a short story by poet David Constantine.

Rampling was nominated for a Primetime Emmy last year for "Restless," and her recent big-screen credits include Francois Ozon's "Jeune et Jolie" and Bille August's "Night Train to Lisbon," in which Courtenay also starred. Two-time Oscar nominee Courtenay is probably best known for his supporting turn as Pasha in David Lean's classic "Dr. Zhivago."

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