It’s been a while since audiences have seen Diane Keaton in a leading role on the big screen. In the last five years, she’s starred in a number of lighthearted ensemble comedies -– many of which, like “Because I Said So” and “Mad Money,” were critically panned.
But Keaton plays a larger part in her latest project, “Darling Companion,” which on Wednesday was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. In the film, which was directed and co-written by Lawrence Kasdan -– the four-time Oscar nominated filmmaker behind movies such as “The Big Chill” and “Grand Canyon” –- Keaton plays Beth, a woman who rescues a stray dog. Her relationship with her husband, played by Kevin Kline, is fracturing, so she becomes close to the animal -– until her spouse accidentally loses him. A cast that includes Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins and Sam Shepherd are enlisted to help find the pet.
The film, which was produced by Elizabeth Redleaf’s company Werc Werk Works, is scheduled for release in 2012.
“The moment we heard Lawrence Kasdan was making an independent film we wanted to become involved,” Sony Pictures Classics said in a statement. “ 'Darling Companion’ promises to be the kind of warm, engaging movie audiences are clamoring to see right now.
-- Amy Kaufman
Photo: Diane Keaton in 2007's "Because I Said So." Credit: Universal Pictures