Glenn Close will play a man in a movie set in Dublin, which is due to start shooting in June.
Close has lobbied hard for the movie, "The singular life of Albert Nobbs," based on a short story by George Moore.
The movie set in a Dublin Victorian hotel in the 1880s follows a woman who disguises herself as a man in order to find a job but then falls in love with a woman on the job and tells a guest about it -- a love triangle ensues.
Orlando Bloom and Jonathan Rhys Myers will also star. Screenplay is by Irish author John Banville.
“I didn’t know the story before Glenn came along," said Banville. "It’s not the greatest short story but it has made the most exceptional script. It doesn’t seem like the most likely movie material. It’s a strange story. I can imagine Glenn pitching it to someone in Hollywood — they’d have thought she was mad.”
Close said the movie adaptation would be the challenge of her career. “I believe in this story and its potential to take everyone on a sensuous, funny, heart-breaking, wildly unexpected ride,” she said.