Julianne Moore has found a reliable collaborator in writer/director Todd Haynes, and she’s going to be working with him again on new drama May December, which also has Natalie Portman lined up to star.

Samy Burch wrote the script for the film, which will chronicle what happens when someone new arrives to stay with a family. Here’s the official synopsis: “Twenty years after their notorious tabloid romance gripped the nation, Gracie Atherton-Yu and her husband Joe (23 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 36. And as Elizabeth and Gracie study each other, the similarities and differences between the two women begin to ebb and flow…”

“What so appealed to me about Samy Burch’s exceptional script was how it navigated potentially volatile subject matter with a kind of observational patience that allowed the characters in the story to be explored with uncommon subtlety,” says Haynes, who aims to start shooting next year.

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