Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy will star in indie romantic comedy “Hysteria,” centered on the invention of the vibrator in Victorian-era England.
“Hysteria,” penned by Stephen Dyer and Jonah Lisa Dyer, is directed by Tanya Wexler. Jonathan Pryce and Rupert Everett have already been signed to co-star.
Producers are Forthcoming Films’ Sarah Curtis (“Mansfield Park”), Beachfront Films’ Tracey Becker (“Finding Neverland”) and Informant Media’s Judy Cairo (“Crazy Heart”). Shooting is scheduled to begin in October in London and Luxembourg.
Dancy and Pryce will star as doctors in London treating cases of hysteria, a condition said to be characterized at the time by a woman’s irritability, anger or unexplained tears. Dancy’s character and his best friend, portrayed by Everett, experiment with a new electrical device for treatment for the ailment. Gyllenhaal portrays the daughter of Pryce’s character.