Michelle Williams is in talks to star in the romantic thriller “The Double Hour," a person with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.
Nicola Giuliano and Vertigo Entertainment’s Roy Lee are producing the English-language remake of the 2009 Italian hit “La Doppia Ora” for Fox Searchlight.
Joshua Marston (“Maria Full of Grace”) is directing the film from his own script.
The original film, directed by Giuseppe Capotondi, premiered at the Venice Film Festival. It centered on an ex-cop and a hotel maid who fall in love after meeting at a speed-dating event.
After they retreat to the ex-cop’s employer’s house for a romantic evening, they are ambushed by a gang that the maid later appears to be involved with.
The original film starred Ksenia Rappoport and Filippo Timi. Rappoport won the best actress award in Venice for the film.
John Middleton and Giulio Marantonio are the executive producers of the remake. Giuliano was a producer on the original film, which was released in the U.S. by Samuel Goldwyn Films in 2011 with the title “The Double Hour.”
Williams was most recently seen in “My Week with Marilyn,” in which she played Marilyn Monroe; next up is the role of Glinda in the Matrch 2013 “Oz: The Great and Powerful.” She is repped by CAA.
Marston’s other credits include “The Forgiveness of Blood” and a segment in “New York I Love You” from 2009. Lee’s upcoming films include “Oldboy,” a remake of the South Korean film of the same name; “Godzilla,” and “Lego: The Piece of Resistance.”
Giuliano’s upcoming films include “La Grande Belleza,” from director Paulo Sorrentino, which follows an aging journalist in Rome who reflects bitterly on his lost youth.