Hollywood A-listers Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams will be coming to Toronto this summer to shoot Sarah Polley's latest feature film, a romantic drama called Take This Waltz.
The film's producers are also confirmed to be in talks with comedian Sarah Silverman and actor Luke Kirby. Take This Waltz has an estimated budget of $9- to $10-million.
Polley, who has written the script and will direct Take This Waltz, has made no formal announcement about the identity of the cast or disclosed much about the script. However, the film site Playlist.com reports that the film revolves around the complicated relationship between a young woman, her husband and a mystery man that she meets on a business trip, who turns out to live across the street.
Polley's last writing/directing effort, Away from Her, a touching film about Alzheimer's disease starring Gordon Pinsent and Julie Christie, was the former child star's directorial feature-film debut and earned her an Oscar nomination for best adapted screenplay.
Take This Waltz, a title inspired by a 1988 Leonard Cohen song from the album I'm Your Man, recently made the 2009 Black List, a compilation of Hollywood's best unproduced screenplays. It was green-lit to go into production after Telefilm Canada's Canada Feature Film Fund for English-language production stepped forward, as well as private investors.
Filming is expected to begin in July in Toronto.
Michelle Williams, who has a daughter with the late Australian actor Heath Ledger, most recently appeared in another critically acclaimed romantic drama, Blue Valentine, with Canadian Ryan Gosling.
Rogen, who hails from Vancouver, is best known for his comedy work in films such as Knocked Up and Pineapple Express.
Polley recently took a break from directing to star in Vincenzo Natali's science-fiction thriller Splice, in which she co-stars with Adrien Brody. That film opens in theatres June 4.