Academy Award-winning actor Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of The Lambs, The Father) has signed on to play Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud in the film Freud’s Last Session. The movie is based on the stage play by Mark St. Germain (The God Committee), who adapted the script, with Matthew Brown (The Man Who Knew Infinity) directing.
“Set on the eve of WWII and towards the end of his life, Freud’s Last Session sees Freud (Hopkins) invite iconic author C.S. Lewis for a debate over the existence of God. Exploring Freud’s unique relationship with his lesbian daughter Anna and Lewis’ unconventional romance with his best friend’s mother, the film interweaves past, present and fantasy, bursting from the confines of Freud’s study on a dynamic journey.”
Director, Brown, said of the project:
“Beyond my own intellectual curiosity and inclination towards this piece, there is a deep recognition of how incredibly timely and important this film is. We live in an age that is so ideologically polarized, where everyone is stuck in their own tribes, with no real dialogue. I want to make a film for all audiences that is emotional, thought-provoking and creative. A film that asks the big questions, while investigating what is at the heart of the human condition: love, faith and mortality.”
The film is set to sell at Cannes this month, and will begin shooting in the fourth quarter of 2022 in London.