Starring six-time *Academy Award® nominee Glenn Close who received a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama for her performance, (*Best Supporting Actress, The World According to Garp 1983, The Big Chill 1984, The Natural 1985, Best Actress, Fatal Attraction 1988, Dangerous Liaisons 1989, Albert Nobbs 2012) and Jonathan Pryce (“Game of Thrones”), the film adaptation of Meg Wolitzer’s critically acclaimed novel THE WIFE arrives on digital January 22 and on Blu-ray™ & DVD January 29 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In the film that truly embodies the saying“Behind every successful man, there is a strong woman,” the story provides a revealing look into the 40-year relationship of Joan and Joe Castleman, (Close and Pryce) and the world of literature for female writers. As Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, the win threatens to expose the details and arrangements that define their marriage.
THE WIFE features a stellar cast that also includes Golden Globe® winner Christian Slater (Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, “Mr. Robot” 2016), Max Irons (The Host, “Condor”, “The Little Drummer Girl”) and introducing Annie Starke, daughter of Glenn Close, who plays the younger Joan Castleman.
Certified Fresh® on Rotten Tomatoes, critics have embraced the film and praised Glenn Close’s performance as one to watch this awards season. To date, she has been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress Motion Picture Drama, a Gotham Award for Best Actress and Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead. Meg Wolitzer’s best-selling book has been beautifully adapted to the screen by Emmy® winner Jane Anderson (“Olive Kitteridge”).
The digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD release of THE WIFE includes the featurette “Keeping Secrets: Glenn Close on The Wife” in which the acclaimed actress discusses the process of creating this intricate character, her storied career playing complex women and the culturally relevant moment in which the film is being released. Two Q&A’s are also included — “In Conversation With Cast of The Wife: Q&A featuring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Annie Starke, Christian Slater and Björn Runge” and “Q&A with author Meg Wolitzer and Glenn Close”.
After nearly forty years of marriage, Joan and Joe Castleman (Glenn Close and Jonathan Pryce) are complements. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as Great American Novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm, and diplomacy into the private role of Great Man’s Wife. Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work. Joe’s literary star has blazed since he and Joan first met in the late 1950. THE WIFE interweaves the story of the couple’s youthful passion and ambition with a portrait of a marriage, thirty-plus years later–a lifetime’s shared compromises, secrets, betrayals, and mutual love.
THE WIFE is adapted by Jane Anderson from the Meg Wolitzer novel of the same name and was directed by Björn Runge. The film was produced by Claudia Bluemhuber, Piodor Gustafsson, Rosalie Swedlin, Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen and Piers Tempest; and executive produced by Jane Anderson, Gero Bauknecht, Nina Bisgaard, Florian Dargel, Tomas Eskilsson, Steve Golin, Hugo Grumbar, Tim Haslam, Björn Runge and Gerd Schepers.
Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Bonus Materials Include:
- Keeping Secrets: Glenn Close on The Wife
- In Conversation With Cast of The Wife: Q&A featuring Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Annie Starke, Christian Slater and Björn Runge
- Q&A with author Meg Wolitzer and Glenn Close
THE WIFE has a run time of approximately 100 minutes and is rated R for language and some sexual content.