Michelle Williams Sails to 'Shutter Island'


Michelle Williams has landed one of the major female roles in Martin Scorsese's "Shutter Island."

Based on Dennis Lehane's 2004 novel, the '50s tale focuses on a pair of U.S. marshals (Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo) who go to an island off the coast of Massachusetts to investigate the disappearance of a woman from a hospital for the criminally insane. Their work becomes more difficult when a hurricane leaves them trapped amongst the inmates.

According to the industry trades, the "Brokeback Mountain" Oscar nominee (and "Dawson's Creek" veteran) will play the late wife of DiCaprio's character.

Also previously announced for the drama is Ben Kingsley as the hospital's chief administrator.

Shooting will begin in March from a script by Laeta Kalogridis.

Williams was recently replaced by Lauren Ambrose as one of the voices in "Where the Wild Things Are," which shouldn't do much to slow her career momentum. Currently appearing fleetingly in "I'm Not There," Williams has lined up roles in Charlie Kaufman's "Synecdoche, New York," plus "The List" and "Mammoth."

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