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Mies van der Rohe and the Farnsworth House will get the Hollywood treatment

Jeff Bridges will play the architect, and Maggie Gyllenhaal his famous client Dr. Edith Farnsworth

Exterior shot of a single-story house with glass walls, white steel construction, a flat roof with covered porch, set on a stilted platform amid a plot of trees.
The Farnsworth House was designed by Mies van der Rohe for Dr. Edith Farnsworth in 1945.
Photo by Kymberly Janisch via Flickr

Word on the street that is that actors Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal are teaming up again to form another dream-team—depending on how you look at it, that is. The pair last starred in 2009’s Crazy Heart, which nabbed Bridges an Oscar for best actor, a nomination for Gyllenhaal, and an award for best original song. Clearly, they work well together.

But there’s nothing like taking on a big architectural project that’ll put a working relationship through the ringer, and then some. According to Roger Friedman, who has the exclusive at Showbiz 411, the duo will take on the roles of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and his famous client Dr. Edith Farnsworth, a prominent nephrologist (that’s kidney doctor to you, thank you very much), and the namesake of one of the German-American architect’s most iconic buildings, the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois.

Details are few for now, but it’s safe to assume that the film would trace the genesis of the modernist treasure, from when it was first commissioned by the doctor in 1945 to its eventual completion in 1951. Fraught with false starts, controversy—lawsuits, counter-lawsuits, and accusations of malpractice—and even rumors of relationship between architect and client, the history of the glass-and-steel-house-on-stilts contains more than enough drama to make for an interesting movie. Stay tuned.

Via: Showbiz 411