Writer/Director Diane English has lined up a steller cast for her remake of the 1939 comedy The Women.
Meg Ryan will take over Norma Shearer’s role of Mary Haines, a wealthy woman who doesn’t realize that her husband is having an affair with an attractive young shop girl. Eva Mendes will be playing the role of the shop girl played by Joan Crawford in the original. Once Mary discovers her husband’s infidelities, she hopes a train to Reno for a quickie divorce and meets more women, some of whom are carrying on with the others’ husbands behind their backs.
Needless to say, English has probably updated the film’s story a bit. Who goes to Reno for a divorce anymore? However, one aspect that English seems to have preserved is the original’s lack of any male characters appearing.
The production, which is currently shooting in Boston, has just announced several new cast members. Joining the cast are Bette Midler, Cloris Leachman, Carrie Fisher, Lynn Whitfield, Joanna Gleason, Ana Gasteyer and Debi Mazur. They will be joining the previously announced Debra Messing, Annette Bening, Jada Pinkett Smith and Candace Bergen. (Bergen starred in English’s hit television series Murphy Brown back in the 90s.)
The is set for release sometime next year.