Julia Stiles has joined the cast of “The First,” Jennifer DeLia’s biopic about Mary Pickford.
Mary (played by Lily Rabe) was one of the early Canadian pioneers in Hollywood and went on to found the United Artists studio with other stars including Charlie Chaplin.
She also had a troubled marriage, blighted by the alcoholism and insecurity of her husband (played by Michael Pitt).
Stiles will play Frances Marion, one of the top screenwriters during the early 20th Century who collaborated on numerous projects with Pickford.
Ryan Simpkins also stars in the Josh Fagin-scripted film. Julie Pacino, Said Zahraoui and Dominick Fairbanks will produce.
Shooting kicks off later this year.