EXCLUSIVE: Husband-and-wife duo Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick have landed roles together in a movie for the first time in two decades, with The King of Queens creator Michael J. Weithorn penning and directing Connescence.
Principal photography kicked off this week on the movie from Victoria Hill and Greg Clark’s Fibonacci Films, with Bacon and Sedgwick playing the leads, joined by White Lotus star Brittany O’Grady and Oscar-nominated The Fabelmans actor Judd Hirsch.
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Bacon plays Stan Olszewski, a sharp, funny, but chronically underachieving security guard, who breaks up an attempted robbery at the home of Cynthia Rand (Sedgwick), a successful urologist married to brilliant former Watergate prosecutor Warren Rand (Judd Hirsch). From this chance encounter grows a charged and dynamic friendship – first as late-night text sessions filled with humor and intimate revelations, growing into something that shakes the foundation of both their lives.
Bacon and Sedgwick, who married in 1988 and have two children including actor Sosie Bacon, haven’t acted together since 2004, during which they starred in both Cavedweller and The Woodsman. Bacon has since directed Sedgwick in Loverboy and Sedgwick directed Bacon in Space Oddity, while the pair have scooped numerous gongs for roles in the likes of The Closer and Taking Chance.
Sedgwick and Bacon said: “We are so excited to work together on screen again for the first time in 20 years in such a funny, moving and original script.”
Hill added: “We are thrilled and excited to bring this timely, entertaining and moving story to life with such a stellar cast.”
Across a plus-40-year career, Weithorn has mainly directed small screen projects such as CBS’ The King of Queens, which ran for nine seasons and more than 200 episodes. Other credits include The Goldbergs, Weird Loners and Schooled.
Filming on Connescence will continue for 22 days in and around Brooklyn. Hill is producing with Sedgwick, Bacon and Andrew Mann. Laura D’Augello is co-producer. Director of photography is Andrew Wonder, production designer is Michael Fitzgerald with costume designer Gina Ruiz, and casting directors are Jen Euston and and Allison Jones.
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