Star of AMC’s Mad Men, Jon Hamm, and actress Geena Davis should be popping up around the Hamptons fairly regularly in the coming weeks. The pair are shooting their new film Marjorie Prime in the Hamptons, with principal photography starting this Sunday, October 11 and continuing through December 11, according to the production listing on backstage.com.
Touted at a “sci-fi dramedy,” according to Deadline.com, the film is based on Jordan Harrison‘s 2014 Pulitzer Prize-nominated play of the same name about an aging violinist who takes advantage of service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones. At age 85, Marjorie begins interacting with an imperfect copy of her dead husband Walter, played by Hamm, who appears as he did in his 40s and is there to help with her failing memory. Davis stars as Marjorie’s “quick-witted” daughter Tess who has an easygoing husband, Jon.
The film and play received extra buzz for its look at technology and humanity, and where the two can intersect and/or never meet.
Marjorie Prime is being directed by Michael Almereyda, who also adapted the play for the big screen. The film’s title character, Marjorie, is played by Lois Smith, who performed the role onstage in Los Angeles and will again when Marjorie Prime comes to Playwright Horizons in New York City on November 20. The NYC shows will continue through January 3 and tickets go on sale on October 20. Visit playwrightshorizons.org for more info.
In related news, Geena Davis and Hamptonite Alec Baldwin have been the focus of much speculation following an announcement that director Tim Burton will be filming a sequel to his 1988 hit film Beetlejuice. Davis and Baldwin played recently deceased ghosts Adam and Barbara Maitland in the film alongside Michael Keaton, as the “Ghost with the Most” title character, and Winona Ryder, who played Lydia Deetz, the goth daughter of the family who moved into the Maitlands’ home after their death.
So far Burton, Ryder and Keaton have confirmed involvement in Beetlejuice 2, while Davis claims she and Baldwin have yet to be asked. Of course, the fact that ghosts don’t age may complicate things, Davis pointed out to ETonline.com. In spite of this, she also said she’d be thrilled to be involved with the picture. Baldwin has so far been mum on the subject.