HBO’s planned five-hour miniseries remake of the classic film Mildred Pierce is off to a grand start. First, Kate Winslet signed on to star as the title character, taking over the role owned by Joan Crawford in the original 1945 picture, itself based on James M. Cain’s novel of the same name published in 1941. To direct, the network secured I’m Not There maker Todd Haynes. And now, the sure-to-be-Emmy-gold project has two more stars on board: the not-cast-enough Guy Pearce (Memento, The Hurt Locker) and Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler).
There’s no word yet as to which roles the two of them will play; the announcement came from Production Weekly’s Twitter yesterday. Chances are, Pearce will play Winslet’s unemployed husband, and Wood her go-getting oldest daughter Veda. The production will take place in New York from April to June.