Tim Blake Nelson is getting more company on his ensemble drama Anesthesia. The Lincoln actor wrote, stars in, and is directing the pic which follows the disparate stories of New Yorkers whose lives come together after the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor. Sam Waterston has been cast as said professor, Walter Zarrow. Oscar-nominated Glenn Close will play Zarrow’s wife Marcia, with Corey Stoll(Midnight In Paris) as an investment banker who witnesses the attack and Gretchen Mol as his wife, an alcoholic New Jersey homemaker. As I reported Sunday, Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart has taken a supporting role in the ensemble drama; she’ll play Zarrow’s troubled student Sophie. Nelson will step in front of the camera himself to play Zarrow’s son.
Also joining the microbudget indie are Mol’s Boardwalk Empire costar Michael K. Williams, Gloria Reuben, Jessica Hecht (Breaking Bad), Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha), and K. Todd Freeman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Julie Buck, Josh Hetzler, Christopher Scott, and Nelson are producing the film which is now shooting in NYC. Anesthesia marks Nelson’s fifth directorial feature. He’s been busy lately with an upcoming acting slate that includes Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman, Focus Features’ crime pic Kill The Messenger, and James Franco‘s last five directing projects.