He’ll appear in the dramatic feature alongside previously announced cast members Trace Lysette (Hustlers), Patricia Clarkson (Sharp Objects), Emily Browning (American Gods) and Adriana Barraza (Babel).
Monica follows a woman of the same name (Lysette) who returns home to the Midwest for the first time in 20 years to take care of her dying mother (Clarkson). The film will lead the viewer into Monica’s world and state of mind—the pain and fear, needs and desires of a woman, whose journey ultimately illuminates the human condition.
The feature exploring universal themes of abandonment, aging, rejection, acceptance and forgiveness is the second in a women’s trilogy helmed by Pallaoro. It comes on the heels of the director’s 2017 drama, Hannah, which starred Charlotte Rampling.
Pallaoro penned the script for Monica with his longtime writing partner Orlando Tirado.