Annette Bening has joined Christoph Waltz and Vanessa Redgrave in the crime drama “Georgetown.” The film, which is shooting in Canada, marks Waltz’s directorial debut.
The project, based on the New York Times Magazine article by Franklin Foer, centers on Albrecht Muth (played by Waltz), an eccentric social climber who seduced and married a wealthy older widow, Viola Drath, portrayed by Redgrave. Muth and Drath entered the top political circles as they threw lavish events, with Muth lying extensively about his background — which came to light after Drath was found murdered in 2011 at their home in Georgetown.
Muth was 26 when he married the 71-year-old Drath in 1990. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to 50 years in prison in 2014.
Brett Ratner and David Gerson are producing the film for RatPac Entertainment alongside Andrew Levitas of Metalwork Pictures, which is also financing the pic. Len Blavatnik will serve as executive producer for RatPac. The script was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and playwright David Auburn (“Proof”).
Bening is portraying the daughter of the victim in “Georgetown.” She recently served as president of the Venice Film Festival jury and is promoting her role in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.”