Maggie Gyllenhaal to star in Victorian-era vibrator rom-com

Maggie-GyllenhaalImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR PhotosMaggie Gyllenhaal, never one to shy away from sexuality whether she’s doubled over on a desk in Secretary or breastfeeding in Away We Go, will star in Hysteria, an indie rom-com centering on the invention of the vibrator, Variety reports. Per the trade, she’ll play the daughter of a doctor (Jonathan Pryce), who, along with his young colleague (Hugh Dancy) is treating cases of female hysteria in Victorian London. Dancy and his best friend (Rupert Everett) experiment with a new electrical device to treat the, let’s call it irritability, that in those days, some medical practitioners cured with a manual pelvic massage.

I’m loving everything about this: From the quips I expect to hear Everett utter, to the clever ways the trailer will allude to what’s really going on in this movie, to the questions I anticipate Gyllenhaal being asked on her pre-release media tour (you know we journalists love to know how actors relate to their roles in real life). What about you? Can’t you see Pryce and Dancy being a bit embarrassed and Gyllenhaal being totally empowered?

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  • Ceballos

    Now, THIS is a way to jumpstart the stale romantic comedy genre!

    • Josie

      I second that

    • LOL

      I can’t wait for the book.

  • Girlcrush

    I’m loving this woman more with every role! “Secretary” is still my favorite, though.

  • Michael

    Isn’t this the plot of In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)?

  • Michael

    Isn’t this basically the same plot as “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)”?

    • alex

      pretty much. noticed that too

    • Bjork’sSwanDress

      this is like the exact plot of In the Next Room… maybe there was a spec script or treatment in the copyright office before Sarah Ruhl wrote the play?

    • Allie

      I’m betting this is probably the movie adaptation of the play, since it was so popular this past year.

  • the girl

    Can’t wait for this – sounds awesome!

  • phoebesnow

    How is breastfeeding sexual? It is feeding a baby.

    • Kara

      I thought the same thing. It’s about the least sexual thing I’ve ever experienced.

    • Dean

      Thank you, I was about to post the same thing. What an eff’ed up sentence. That’s the problem so many breatfeeding women encounter while in public. They feel hesitant or embarrassed by their simple and wonderful act of feeding a child because the boob is apparantly all about sex. I’m sure you meant no harm, but that was a horrible thing to write, Mandi. Especially coming from a woman.

    • jules

      You took the words out of my mouth. The “sexuality” misconception about breastfeeding is exactly what gets those anti-nursing-in-public fuddy-duddies’ panties in a wad.

      • Natalie

        I think you’re all misunderstanding Mandi’s statement. She didn’t refer to breastfeeding as something sexual, although some individuals may view it as such. In her parlance, breastfeeding is a topic in sexuality because it is innately feminine and personal, and the fact that there is controversy about it makes it relevant here.

      • Dean

        She didn’t refer to it as something sexual? “Maggie Gyllenhaal, never one to shy away from sexuality whether she’s doubled over on a desk in Secretary or breastfeeding in Away We Go” So, uh, yeah, she did. And that she mentioned it as a comparative item in the same sentence as her role in Secretary makes it even more egregious.

      • Natalie

        Quoting something I’ve already read doesn’t help your case here. What I’m trying to say is that you’re equating “sexuality” with “being sexual,” and these are not the same things. I understand your misreading of the article, but there’s no reason to get up in arms about anything.

      • LB

        @Natalie: I’m going to have to side with Dean on this. Breastfeeding is neither equal to “sexuality” nor “being sexual” and the author definitely referred to breastfeeding as being sexual. I’m not getting “up in arms” about anything, just pointing out that the statement was pretty straightforward in its association of breastfeeding and sexuality. It was the very first thought I had before I could finish reading what the article was even about.

    • Bess

      Breastfeeding is not sexual! What a creepy statement.

  • Mary

    This sounds good. Except for Rupert Everett. Ever since his plastic surgery I can’t look at him the same. He looks fake and unreal.

    • LOL

      plus he dosn’tlike the ladies, if you know what I mean.

      • sarahj

        If you mean “he’s gay ergo he enjoys sex with men”, then yes; I think everyone knows what you mean. But, you know, thanks for being so subtle about such a controversial and icky subject and all.

  • b

    I haven’t seen Away We Go, but since when is breastfeeding sexual?

    • amie

      I am loving this! Sounds great.

  • orville

    Can’t wait for the promotional “buzz” for the movie.

    • Ceballos

      Hey-O!

    • Meeeeeeeee

      Zing!

  • RK

    Weird, since she looks like an ugly an.

    • RK

      man, too.

  • MikerMan

    Couldn’t they get an attractive actress to do this one?

    • Nicole

      Could you possibly consider that different people have different senses of what’s attractive? I know lots of men with a thing for Maggie (and lots of women who agree).

      • Zippys

        No. There’s no debating this one. She’s heinous.

      • J.

        I think the picture above doesn’t do her justice.

      • Amanda

        I look at this pic and I wonder where her boobs are. They don’t look like they are in he right place. But I think she’s cute, not in this picture tho.

      • Droopy

        She has the chest of an 87-year-old grandmother.
        Her boobs aren’t showing in the above shot because they’re tucked into the waistband of her pants.

      • RK

        Betty White would be better for this role.

      • m1

        She’s beautiful! There’s something wrong with you people!

      • sarahj

        Not to mention women who find her sexually attractive.

  • Fluffer

    Maggie Gyllenhaal has invited several homeless men to audition for the role of the vibrator.

    • sarahj

      The commenting guidelines say to keep it clean and stay on the subject. Pretty sure implying someone randomly sleeps with homeless people and/or that someone without a home isn’t worthy of sleeping with violates both these rules. Even more since the number of people in the US who can afford a home is so rapidly decreasing.

  • Sarah El

    This is one rom com I’d watch.

    • LOL

      what is the other?

  • jmcg

    She’s a peculiar looking woman with bad posture. I thought she was horribly miscast in Batman; was glad when they blew her up.

    • The Real Johnification

      And they say Americans have an unhealthy obsession with appearance.

  • sabrina W

    i heard about this huh delicate situation in a documentary on the history of sex, i had no idea this will /should be funny
    as for maggye she’s not the conventional beauty but she looks real and can act

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