A new movie about Sigmund Freud has been announced.
Freud’s Last Session will be set on the eve of the Second World War, at the end of the famous Austrian neurologist’s life.
Born in 1856, Sigmund Freud went on to become the founder of psychoanalysis before he died in London in 1939.
The project launched at the Cannes Film Festival last week, with Matthew Brown (The Man Who Knew Infinity) set to direct.
It’s been written by Mark St. Germain (The God Committee), who is adapting his own play of the same name.
Leading the cast as Freud will be Anthony Hopkins, with filming set to begin in England later this year.
The 84-year-old actor won his second Oscar for Best Actor last year, playing an elderly man with dementia in The Father alongside Olivia Colman.
Freud’s Last Session will see Freud invite Narnia author C.S. Lewis for a debate about the existence of God.
“Bursting from the confines of Freud’s study on a dynamic journey,” The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the movie “interweaves past, present and fantasy.”
We’re told it’ll also explore Freud’s relationship with his lesbian daughter Anna, and Lewis’ unconventional romance with his best friend’s mother.
Director Matthew Brown says the film “asks the big questions, while investigating what is at the heart of the human condition: love, faith and mortality.”
He explained: “Beyond my own intellectual curiosity and inclination towards this piece, there is a deep recognition of how incredibly timely and important this film is.
“We live in an age that is so ideologically polarized, where everyone is stuck in their own tribes, with no real dialogue. I want to make a film for all audiences that is emotional, thought-provoking and creative.”
Freud’s Last Session will be released in 2023.
Anthony Hopkins’ The Father is available on DVD on Amazon.