Oscar winner and national treasure, Morgan Freeman has been cast opposite another Oscar winner, Diane Keaton in the upcoming heartwarming comedy, Life Itself.
In the first pairing between the two stars, Keaton and Freeman, tells the story of one eventful weekend in the life of Ruth (Keaton) and Alex (Freeman), an aging New York couple who have finally decided to sell their East Village apartment of 40 years. They fear that they are getting too old to climb the stairs, and Ruth’s realtor niece has convinced them that they can make a small fortune on the sale.
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Alex, an artist, and Ruth, a former schoolteacher, are enticed by the prospect of suddenly having more money than they ever dreamt possible. But as they prepare for the open house, the couple’s beloved little dog gets sick and has to be taken to an animal hospital, and New York City suddenly goes on high alert when a truck gets stuck in the Midtown tunnel and the driver flees the scene. Over the course of one hectic weekend, Ruth and Alex are swept along as every shift in the breaking tanker story makes the real estate market spike and trough.
As the bids fly, Ruth and Alex reflect on all the memories that they have shared in their home during the course of 40 happy and fulfilling years together, and they realize that sometimes happiness can’t be measured as easily as square footage or asking prices.
Freeman has been busy recently with several new projects, including the buddy comedy Las Vegas opposite Robert DeNiro, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline.
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Life Itself will be directed by award-winning director Richard Loncraine, and is based on the acclaimed novel “Heroic Measures” by Jill Ciment, from a screenplay written by Charlie Peters.