Actress Katie Holmes, best known for playing Joey on Dawson’s Creek and for being the ex-wife of Tom Cruise, is trying to revamp her acting career. She’s on the right path now that she’s joined the cast of Woman In Gold. The film is based on the true story of the late Maria Altmann, an elderly Holocaust survivor living in Los Angeles (she was a dress shop owner in Beverly Hills) who sues the government of Austria for wrongfully taking a number of Gustav Klimt paintings from her family in Vienna right before World War II broke out. (Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I – aka the Woman In Gold – was later sold in 2006 for $135 million.)
Maria Altmann will be portrayed by Academy Award winner Helen Mirren (The Queen). Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) will portray Altmann’s lawyer who helps her reclaim the paintings. Holmes will play his wife. Holmes’ role isn’t substantial enough for a Best Supporting Actress nomination but the role of the young Maria Altmann (Tatiana Maslany), seen during WWII flashbacks, is. Daniel Bruhl (Inglourious Basterds) and Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey) are also part of the cast. Woman In Gold will be released April 3, 2015.