Aussie actresses to lead adaptation.

Cate Blanchett and Mia Wasikowska have been cast in ‘Carol,’ an adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 romance novel ‘The Price of Salt.’

To be directed by John Crowley (‘Is Anybody There?,’ ‘Boy A,’ ‘Intermission’) from a screenplay by Phyllis Nagy (‘Mrs Harris’), ‘Carol’ is a love story about pursuit, betrayal and passion that follows the burgeoning relationship between two very different women in 1950s New York. One, a girl in her twenties working in a department store who dreams of a more fulfilling life, and the other, a wife trapped in a loveless, moneyed marriage desperate to break free but fearful of losing her daughter in the process.

The film will be produced by Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley from Number 9 Films, and co-developed and co-financed by Film4.

Filming starts February 2013 in London and New York.