The Wife is a 2018 drama film directed by Björn Runge and written by Jane Anderson, based on the novel of the same name by Meg Wolitzer. It stars Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, and Christian Slater, and follows a wife who questions her life choices as she travels to Stockholm with her husband, who is set to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature.
The Wife premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival and September 12, 2017 and is scheduled to be released in the United States on August 17, 2018, by Sony Pictures Classics.
On May 16, 2014, it was reported that Glenn Close would star in an adaptation of the Meg Wolitzer novel The Wife. The film was directed by Björn Runge and written by Jane Anderson. On January 30, 2015, Frances McDormand, Logan Lerman, Brit Marling, Jonathan Pryce, and Christian Slater were announced as having also been cast. On October 19, 2016, Pryce and Slater’s involvement was confirmed, and Elizabeth McGovern, Max Irons, and Close’s daughter Annie Starke joined the cast, playing the roles originally set with McDormand, Lerman, and Marling, respectively; Harry Lloyd was also added. The Wife shot scenes in Glasgow,Edinburgh, and Arbigland Estate in Dumfries.
Joan Castleman is a highly intelligent and still-striking beauty — the perfect devoted wife. She has spent 40 years sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband and his skyrocketing literary career, ignoring his infidelities and excuses because of his art with grace and humor. Their fateful pact has built a marriage upon uneven compromises, and Joan has reached her breaking point.
Initial release: August 17, 2018 (USA)
Director: Björn Runge
Story by: Meg Wolitzer
Screenplay: Jane Anderson
Producers: Meta Louise Foldager, Piers Tempest, Rosalie Swedlin, Claudia Bluemhuber, Peter Gustafsson