WHAT’S WRONG WITH VIRGINIA, a film that was written by (and will be directed) by Dustin Lance Black (the Oscar-winning screenwriter of MILK) begins shooting Monday, 28 Sep, in Michigan. Gus Van Sant (who will be honored at the POWER UP 9th Annual Power Premiere in November) directed MILK and serves as Executive Producer on VIRGINIA.
Jennifer Connelly will play the charming but psychologically disturbed mother of a 16-year-old son (according to a tweet today, the role will be played by Australian newcomer Harrison Gilbertson). In the film, Connelly’s character, Virginia, has been having a 20-year clandestine love with a sheriff (played by Ed Harris), who is running for the state senate. Harris’ senatorial bid and Connelly’s secret are challenged when her son begins a relationship with his daughter (played by Emma Roberts).
Tictock Studios is financing the film and founders Hopwood DePree and Scott Brooks will produce with Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and Eric Watson. Roar’s Jay Froberg and Greg Suess will be exec producers and Film Bridge Intl.’s Ellen Wander is handling international distribution. CAA, which packaged the picture, will broker the domestic distribution deal.