Amanda Seyfried will be co-starring with Russell Crowe in Fathers and Daughters, announced Thursday.
The Les Miserables co-stars will play father and daughter in the film, which is being directed by Gabriele Muccino (Kiss Me Again, Playing for Keeps) and scripted by Brad Desch (Shotgun Lovesongs). The film is set in Manhattan and tells the story of how their bond evolves over a period of 25 years.
The father is a famous novelist and widower who also struggles with mental illness. The story starts in the Eighties with Crowe's character trying to raise his 5-year-old daughter while having issues of his own to deal with. The movie takes the audience back and forth between time periods, deriving context for the present setting -- wherein the daughter is now a 30-year-old woman and is combating her own demons that root from her childhood.
Muccino spoke about the Gladiator actor being perfect for the role:
"This is a performance-driven movie, and therefore I couldn't ask for a better actor than Russell to deliver this intensely emotional drama. It's edgy, heart-wrenching, and uplifting at the same time. To me, it feels like a classic American movie that recalls the great character dramas of the 70s like Kramer Vs. Kramer and One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest."
The film is being executive produced by Crowe and his Fear of Gods Films partner Keith Rodger.
Seyfried also stars in the upcoming Seth MacFarlane film A Million Ways To Die In The West.