What draws my interest in The Seagull is not that it’s period drama based on the play by Anton Chekhov. I admit, Anton Chekhov somehow manages to stay relevant, even though The Seagull was written in 1895. No, the thing that interests me is the cast.
Annette Bening is the star. She’s accompanied by Saoirse Ronan, Corey Stoll, Billy Howle, Elisabeth Moss, Jon Tenney, Brian Dennehy, Mare Winningham, Glenn Fleshler, and Michael Zegen. Yes, this group of actors have my attention.
Here’s a synopsis of the story. “An aging actress named Irina Arkadina pays summer visits to her brother Pjotr Nikolayevich Sorin and her son Konstantin on a country estate. On one occasion, she brings Trigorin, a successful novelist, with her. Nina, a free and innocent girl on a neighboring estate, falls in love with Boris Trigorin. As Trigorin lightly consumes and rejects Nina, so the actress all her life has consumed and rejected her son, who loves Nina. The victims are destroyed while the sophisticates continue on their way.”
Michael Mayer is directing The Seagull. It will be in theaters on May 11.
Elisabeth Moss may not have the best line in the movie, but she certainly has the best line in the trailer. Wait for it . . .