Friday, April 12, 2024

Exclusive: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal Will Reunite from “Crazy Heart” for New Drama About Famed Architect


It’s not that long ago that Jeff Bridges won his Academy Award for “Crazy Heart,” directed by Scott Cooper. Maggie Gyllenhaal was his co-star and she was nominated for an Oscar as well. The pair proved to be a great success.

Now I can tell you that Bridges and Gyllenhaal will reunite soon to shoot a most unusual reunion. They will play famed architect Mies van der Rohe and his most well known client, Dr. Edith Farnsworth, a prominent Chicago nephrologist. In 1945, Dr. Farnsworth commissioned a glass house from van der Rohe, which he built outside of Chicago in Plano, Illinois.

The 1500 square foot, set on a 60 acre estate, is now a museum, considered an architectural masterpiece. It was placed in the National Register of Historic Homes in 2004.

van der Rohe and Farnsworth had a highly unusual relationship, apparently, with the house becoming the “child” in their marriage.

A source tells me: “Jeff and Maggie have been looking for another movie to do, and this script really appealed to them.”

I’m told the project is coming together quickly. In the meantime, Bridges is busy celebrating his Oscar nomination for “Hell or High Water.” Gyllenhaal is looking forward to her hot HBO series “The Deuce” with James Franco which will be unveiled in September.

more to come…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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