'After the Wedding': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about the remake of Susanne Bier's 2006 movie

'After the Wedding': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything you need to know about the remake of Susanne Bier's 2006 movie

One of Hollywood's finest couples — Oscar-winning actress Julianne Moore and her writer-director husband Bart Freundlich — are now teaming up to create a remake of Susanne Bier’s 2006 drama 'After the Wedding'. The story focusses on two lead women characters played by Moore and Michelle Williams and is set in the vicinity of New York. However, the remake also kicks off in Calcutta, India, and borrows the rest of the plot from Bier's film, which was nominated for the Academy Award in the best foreign-language film category.

Release date

'After the Wedding' had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2019. It is scheduled to be released on August 9, 2019, by Sony Pictures Classics.


The remake showcases its initial setting as Calcutta, where a woman called Isabel can be seen devoting her entire life to taking care of children living at an orphanage in the outskirts of the city. The plot progresses as she lands in dire need of money to keep the orphanage functioning. She eventually finds a benefactor to aid her life's mission, but to acquire the investment money, she must first travel all the way to New York to meet Theresa Young, who will be lending her the capital. The titular wedding is that of the benefactor's daughter and the rest of the events in the movie happen to revolve around the occasion. And that is where Isabel and Theresa come across another common ground between the two: Theresa's husband, Oscar.


Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich attend City Harvest's 35th Anniversary Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 24, 2018, in New York City. (Getty Images)

The story comes from the original film's creator, Susanne Bier, but Moore's husband, Freundlich, is co-writing the upcoming remake with Bier, while also directing the movie. Freundlich is best known for his works in 'The Myth of Fingerprints', 'Wolves', and 'Trust the Man'. He and Moore have been married since 2003, and share two children together.


Michelle Williams

Actor Michelle Williams attends the Heavenly Bodies: Fashion & The Catholic Imagination Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2018, in New York City. (Getty Images)

The Golden Globe-winning and Oscar and Tony Awards nominated actress returns to the screen to play the role of Isabel — the woman struggling to keep the Calcutta orphanage afloat. Williams is known for her works in several critically acclaimed independent films, especially 'Manchester by the Sea', and 'Blue Valentine'. It was her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in 'My Week with Marilyn' (2011) that won her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore attends the Chopard Gentleman's Evening at Hotel Martinez on May 9, 2018, in Cannes, France. (Getty Images)

As one of the leading ladies of the entertainment industry, Moore is famous for her captivating performances as troubled women in both independent and Hollywood movies. An Academy Award and two Golden Globes later, Moore joins the cast of 'After the Wedding' as Theresa, the wealthy benefactor who is about to fund Isabel's orphanage in India.

The cast of 'After the Wedding' also features Billy Crudup as Oscar Carlson, Theresa's husband, and Abby Quinn as Grace, Theresa and Oscar's daughter. Will Chase stars as Frank.


In its own manner, the trailer for the film gives off certain 'Eat, Pray, Love' vibes, but all of that soon changes once Theresa and Isabel find out about their common denominator: Oscar. While Isabel tries to remain as detached as she possibly can, Theresa gets seemingly obsessed with finding out about her past with Theresa's now husband, Oscar — thereby spewing the intense drama that the film is laden with throughout. Check out the trailer here!


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