Frances McDormand, Sarah Polley Crew for Ladies Speaking Film

Brad Pitt’s Plan B company will produce the adaptation of Miriam Toews’ 2018 book on religion and sexual assault.


Two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand is hired to produce and play in a feature adaptation of Miriam Toews‘Best seller novel Women talk that is written and directed by Sarah Polley.

Deadline brought the news, reporting that McDormand was the driving force behind this project when they acquired the rights to the book under their Hear / Say Productions banner before putting up the Prestige Package Brad PittPlan B. Women Talking is now formed by MGM’s Orion Pictures and released in theaters in the US by United Artists Releasing.

Polley will adapt Toews’ acclaimed 2018 book, which follows a group of women in an isolated religious colony who seek to reconcile their beliefs with a series of sexual assaults by the colony’s men.


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That’s a fascinating premise if you ask me, and the powerful combination of Polley and McDormand makes Women Talking a must in my eyes. Religion can be a complicated thing, especially when it breaks the law, and with McDormand navigating that dichotomy it can very well lead to a special film, especially in the hands of a sensitive filmmaker like Polley.

Polley received an Oscar nomination for the adaptation Away from her, that was her very first film as a director. She continued to direct those Michelle Williams marital drama Take this waltzwhich I thought was pretty good, and more importantly, she tackled some tough issues in her 2012 autobiographical documentary Stories We TellThat makes me the right person to bring Women Talking to the big screen.

McDormand is back in the Oscar race this year thanks to her wonderful performance Chloe Zhao‘s Nomad landafter winning Best Actress twice before Fargo and Three billboards outside of Ebbing, Missouri. McDormand could be back on the hunt next year as she is a member of Wes Anderson‘s ensemble for The French shippingand also stars opposite Denzel Washington in the Joel Coen‘s The tragedy of Macbeth. To watch the new trailer for Nomadland, click here, and to watch an old trailer for The French Dispatch, click here.



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Jeff Sneider is a Senior Film Reporter at Collider, where he publishes film and television news and curates the Up-and-Comer of the Month column. He also hosts the podcast “The Sneider Cut” and the award-winning series “For Your Consideration” with Scott Mantz and Perri Nemiroff. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Jeff began his career at Ain’t It Cool News before moving to Los Angeles to write for Variety and later for TheWrap and Mashable. Jeff was also the Editor-in-Chief of the Tracking Board and has contributed to the MTV Movies Blog, Hollywood Life Magazine, Washington Square News, and the Colorado Springs Independent. His Oscar selection appeared on the LA Times Envelope site, and he agrees with screenwriter William Goldman, who famously said of Hollywood, “Nobody knows.” Jeff is from Needham, Massachusetts and has never had a salad. He can be found on Twitter, Instagram, Cameo and Blogspot by searching his Nom de Plume @TheInSneider.

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