Rocket Science announced today that Academy Award winners Natalie Portman (Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Swan) and Julianne Moore (Still Alice, Far from Heaven) will star in May December for Academy Award nominated director Todd Haynes (Carol, Far from Heaven). The screenplay was written by Samy Burch (with story by Burch and Alex Mechanik). Rocket Science is handling international sales beginning at the Virtual Cannes Market. UTA Independent Film Group and CAA Media Finance are representing the U.S rights.
Jessica Elbaum and Will Ferrell of Gloria Sanchez Productions (Hustlers, Booksmart, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar) and Christine Vachon (Shirley, Dark Waters) and Pam Koffler (Dark Waters, Colette) of Killer Films will produce alongside Portman and Sophie Mas under their MountainA banner. Principal photography is scheduled to commence next year.
Twenty years after their notorious tabloid romance gripped the nation, Gracie Atherton-Yu and her husband Joe (twenty-three years her junior) brace themselves for their twins to graduate from high school. When Hollywood actress Elizabeth Berry comes to spend time with the family to better understand Gracie, who she will be playing in a film, family dynamics unravel under the pressure of the outside gaze. Joe, never having processed what happened in his youth, starts to confront the reality of life as an empty-nester at thirty-six. And as Elizabeth and Gracie study each other, the similarities and differences between the two women begin to ebb and flow. Set in picturesque and comfortable Camden, Maine, May December is an exploration of truth, storytelling, and the difficulties (or impossibility) of fully understanding another person.