Babylon Berlin star Liv Lisa Fries has joined Anthony Hopkins and Matthew Goode in the cast of Freud’s Last Session, which is in its final stages of filming in Ireland.
A first look at the film, in which Oscar-winner Hopkins plays Sigmund Freud and Goode plays author C.S. Lewis, has been released by WestEnd Films, which handles sales alongside US-based CAA Media Finance.
German actress Fries plays Freud’s daughter in the film, which is set on the eve of the Second World War and sees the founder of psychoanalysis invite Lewis to debate the existence of God.
Further cast announced today includes Jodi Balfour, known for Apple+ series For All Mankind; Stephen Campbell Moore of Epix recent adaptation of War Of The Worlds; Jeremy Northam, who played UK prime minster Anthony Eden in Netflix’s The Crown; and Orla Brady of Star Trek: Picard and Into The Badlands.
Freud’s Last Session is being directed by Matt Brown and was written by Mark St. Germain with revisions by Brown, based on the play by the same name. Producers are Meg Thomson, Rick Nicita and Hannah Leader of Subotica Productions. Irish producers are Tristan Orpen Lynch and Aoife O’Sullivan of Subotica Productions.
The project reunites Oscar-winning production designer Luciana Arrighi with Brown, having previously collaborated on 2015’s The Man Who Knew Infinity. Cinematographer Ben Smithard, who previously worked on The Father with Hopkins, has also joined the project.
Costume designer Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh, Bafta award-winning make-up designer Morna Ferguson (The Wonder) and editor Paul Tothill (Atonement) complete the creative team.
WestEnd Films and CAA Media Finance announced several sales last year that saw Sony Picture Classics secure a multi-territory deal, including North America.
The film is an Ireland-UK co-production made with support from Screen Ireland and the UK Global Screen Fund.
Financing has been provided by Media Finance Capital, LipSync Productions, M.Y.R.A. Entertainment and a pool of independent financiers including 14 Sunset, Movieland Entertainment, the Solomon Directive, the Travelling Picture Show and Lipper/Daly Entertainment.
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