At the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Parts and Labor announced Keep the Lights On director Ira Sachs‘ next project: Love is Strange, a romantic drama starring Alfred Molina and Sir Michael Gambon as a gay New York couple who, after 28 years together, finally marry in City Hall.
But when Ben (Gambon) loses his job at a local Catholic school, the two are forced to separate—with one moving in with his nephew’s family in Brooklyn, and the other with the two gay cops next door.
Billed as a “multi-generational story of love and marriage,” Love is Strange is a departure from the dysfunction young duo at the heart of Sachs’ last film. “In the wake of the personal events depicted in Keep the Lights On, I’ve discovered that all love doesn’t have to be so painful,” says the director. “[This] is my first pure love story, depicting the possibility of love to blossom and grow richer with time. Molina and Gambon… [bring] great depth and heart to this highly emotional story.”
Harry Potter fans will remember Gambon as taking over the role of Professor Albus Dumbledore after the death of Richard Harris. Molina, whose varied resume includes everything from the queer indie Prick Up Your Ears to the blockbuster Spider-Man 2, will next appear in the upcoming David Kelly series, Monday Mornings.
Filming for Love is Strange is set to begin this summer in New York