According to The Hollywood Reporter, Julie Christie, Olympia Dukakis and Michael Murphy have joined the cast of Canadian actress Sarah Polley's feature-film directorial debut, Away From Her.
Adapted by Polley from an Alice Munro short story, Away portrays Christie as the forgetful, elderly wife of a philanderer in a nursing home who turns her affections to another resident, played by Murphy.
Rounding out the Away From Her cast is Gordon Pinsent, Wendy Crewson, Kristen Thomson and Alberta Watson. Polley, who has written and directed two short films, The Best Day of My Life and Don't Think Twice, will begin shooting Away From Her on April 7 in rural Ontario. Canadian distributor Capri Releasing has acquired the domestic Canadian rights, William Morris Independent is shopping the U.S. rights and HanWay is handling worldwide sales.