Maggie Gyllenhaal has confirmed that she and her husband Peter Sarsgaard will team for a biopic about bluegrass legend Bill Monroe.
Sarsgaard was attached to play Monroe in the film back in June and Gyllenhaal’s involvement was first rumoured then, a claim her reps quickly denied. Now, though while not officially attached, the actress herself confirmed to Screen Crave that she is involved with the film.
“Bill Monroe, who invented bluegrass music, had a kind of Sid and Nancy-style affair with this woman Bessie Lee Mauldin throughout his life, and T Bone Burnett’s going to do the music and Callie Khouri, who wrote “Thelma & Louise,” wrote the script, so we’re going to do that together” said Gyllenhaal of the project.
Gyllenhaal is also attached to star in Tanya Wexler’s “Hysteria,” a period piece about the invention of the vibrator. Hugh Dancy, Rupert Everett and Jonathan Pryce are said to be co-starring.