Principal photography begins today on If I Were You, shooting for five weeks on location in Toronto, it was announced by producer David Gordian. Marcia Gay Harden, Leonor Watling, and Aidan Quinn star in the comedy drama, written and directed by Joan Carr-Wiggin (A Previous Engagement).
Rounding out the cast are Joseph Kell, Michael Therriault, Elizabeth Whitmere, Claire Brosseau and Bethany Jillard.
If I Were You combines comedy and drama in a powerful and entertaining story of two women who become the unlikeliest of friends.
Two women who meet by chance make a pact to fix their troubled lives: they will each do what the other one says. But one of them has a secret. She knows her husband is sleeping with the other woman. The wife’s plan backfires when the mistress an aspiring actress, orders her to play King Lear with the mistress playing the Fool in a hilariously amateur production. The wife’s life is transformed in unexpected ways as she, like Lear, struggles with matters of mortality and betrayal, loyalty and love.
Marcia Gay Harden, who won an Oscar for Ed Harris’ Pollock and a 2009 Best Actress Tony for Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage,” plays the dependable wife whose world is turned upside down; Spanish actress Leonor Watling, who starred in Unconscious, My Mother Likes Women, and Almodóvar’s Talk to Her, plays the young mistress whose attempted suicide leads to the unlikeliest of friendships; with Aidan Quinn, star of Legends of the Fall, The Playboys and An Early Frost, as the man the wife meets one unforgettable night.