Susanne Bier's original Danish film which she wrote, produced and directed is soon getting a reboot starring Julianne Moore, along with her writer-director husband Bart Freundlich. 'After the Wedding' was not only nominated for an Oscar after its release in 2006 but also became a huge commercial hit. However, this time around the male roles will be filled by women, interestingly.
Having a woman as a CEO of a heavyweight company is not out of the ordinary
Joining the likes of Oceans 8 and Ghostbusters which saw a team of all-women Hollywood stars, this time around it was actually Moore who wanted a gender-swap rather than the director. She said, "That's the part I want to play, I was fascinated by Rolf and what he did - his unpredictability." She was also interested to play the female-version of CEO. Director Freundlich said, "I started to explore thinking it was going to fall apart any moment because we would run into some kind of roadblock that would be insurmountable in the narrative." It is also interesting how today having a woman as a CEO of a heavyweight company is nothing out of the ordinary and that there needs to be no translation in this character. "Being able to say, ‘Does this sound right?’ and then being able to take these new ideas and go off and research them a little bit. That then informed the story and gave it even a different take." The couple in the film is an interesting perspective on parenting despite having a career.
Remakes are definitely a massive trend in Hollywood at the moment
Moore and Freundlich themselves have a 21-year-old and a 17-year-old daughter and they duo love working together on films; they first met on the sets of 'The Myth of Fingerprints'. Both of them have a great idea on what works in a film and what doesn't and they are proving that two heads do actually work better than one. Remakes are definitely a massive trend in Hollywood at the moment from Disney to various other big names and while some of them are just an updated version, After the Wedding will be something that will show women in a different light since the storyline involves women in leadership which is something Hollywood does not portray as often. When Bier's film released it made a lot of waves in the industry and hence, the cast and crew hope to be positive in how the film will be received by audiences since the original was not that long ago.
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