Twenty-five years after ‘The English Patient’, Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche are reuniting for ‘The Return’, an Italy-Greece-UK-France co-production based on Homer’s ancient Greek classic, ‘The Odyssey’, reports ‘Variety ‘.
Directed by Academy Award nominee Uberto Pasolini, ‘The Return’ will also star Venice Film Festival Best Young Actor Award winner Charlie Plummer, adds ‘Variety’.
Production of Ralph Fiennes’ movie is expected to start in Greece this spring in Corfu and the Peloponnese before continuing in Italy. Bleecker Street, which has picked up the rights to the film, will release it in theaters in 2024.
Here’s an official synopsis for the film The Return, shared by ‘Variety’: After 20 years away, Odysseus portrayed by Ralph Fiennes washes up on the shores of Ithaca, haggard and unrecognisable. The King has finally returned home but much has changed in his kingdom since he left to fight in the Trojan war.
Odysseus’ beloved wife Penelope (Binoche) is now a prisoner in her own home, hounded by her many ambitious suitors to choose a new husband, a new king.
Odysseus and Penelope’s son Telemachus (Plummer), who has grown up fatherless, is facing death at the hands of the suitors who see him as an obstacle in their relentless pursuit of Penelope and the kingdom. Odysseus has changed too.
Scarred by his war experience, Ralph Fiennes’ character is no longer the mighty warrior his people remember. But he is forced to face his past in order to rediscover the strength needed to save his family and win back the love he has lost.
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