VENICE, ITALY (July 27, 2017) Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Match Point, Tudors, Velvet Goldmine) joined Academy Award Winner Vanessa Redgrave (Foxcatcher, Julia, Howards End) and Golden Globe Nominee Joely Richardson (Snowden, “Nip/Tuck”, The Patriot) to star in the adaptation of Henry James’s novel THE ASPERN PAPERS shooting on original location in Venice, Italy.
Julien Landais directs from an adaptation written by Jean Pavans, Hannah Bhuiya and himself.
Set in Venice in 1885, Morton Vint (Rhys Meyers), an ambiguous young writer and publisher fascinated by iconic romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern, strives to get his hands on the letters Aspern wrote to his beautiful mistress, Juliana Bordereau (Redgrave). Now, decades later, Juliana lives in a Venetian palazzo with her niece (Richardson), whom she dominates and Morton tries to seduce.
Jon Kortajarena (A Single Man, Quantico) plays Aspern and Alice Aufray young Juliana.
Poppy Delevigne (King Arthur, Kingsman:The Golden Circle) Morgane Polanski (The Pianist, The Ghost Writer) play the friends of Mrs. Prest, American socialite and Morton’s consigliore played by Lois Robbins.
Gabriela Bacher produces for Film House Germany’s Summerstorm Entertainment with Julien Landais under his Princeps Films label. Executive Producers are James Ivory who supported Landais through development, Charles S. Cohen, whose Cohen Media distributes the film theatrically in the US, Francois Sarkozy, Christian Angermayer, Klemens Hallmann and Charles-Henri Lobkowicz, Bruno Wang co-executive produces. ARRI Media handles foreign sales.
Vanessa Redgrave is represented by Michelle Burke of Gavin Barker Associates and Chris Andrew, CAA; Joely Richardson by Annalisa Gordon of The Artists Partnership, Jonathan Rhys Meyers by Jimmy Darmody, CAA; Jon Kortajarena by Juan Carlos Tubilla of View Management, Morgane Polanski by Jen Turner and Kate Buckley / 42, Lois Robbins by Mark Redanty BRS/Gage.