Wildling Pictures produces new feature film based on W. von Goethe’s classic novel

"Young Werther" will star Douglas Booth and Alison Pill in lead roles, with Patrick J. Adams and Iris Apatow also set to star and further cast to be confirmed in the coming weeks.


Alison Pill and Douglas Booth


Wildling Pictures announces its new feature film "Young Werther", a modern adaptation adapted from JW. von Goethe’s classic novel, starting by Douglas Booth ("That Dirty Black Bag") and Alison Pill ("Scott Pilgrim vs. The World") in lead roles, with Patrick J. Adams ("Suits") and Iris Apatow ("The Bubble") also set to star and further cast to be confirmed in the coming weeks. Production will begin this month in Toronto.

Drawing from Goethe’s passionate personal accounts, "Young Werther" is the story of a charmingly irresponsible and enthusiastic young man named Werther (Douglas Booth) who finds himself at the mercy of Charlotte (Alison Pill), whose allure and commitment to her impressive fiancé Albert turns Werther’s life upside down.

José Avelino Gilles Corbett Lourenço ("Romance Language") makes his debut feature as director and writer, working alongside producers Matt Code ("See For Me"), Julie Strifler ("Easy Land"), Natalie Urquhart ("Suits") and Charlotte Lytle ("This Time, with Feeling") for Wildling Pictures. Mason Novick ("Juno") serves as executive producer on the film.

"Young Werther" is produced with the participation of Telefilm Canada and Ontario Creates, in association with Ashland Hill, and with Canadian distributor levelFILM attached.

José Avelino Gilles Corbett Lourenço, Writer and Director, says “I was first introduced to Goethe’s 'The Sorrows of Young Werther' in university. Intense, highly emotional, oddly funny — the book instantly enchanted me, and the Enlightenment-era fan frenzy the characters inspired had me forever captivated. Werther is a 250-year-old tale that gripped the lovelorn across Europe upon publication and its themes of requited/unrequited love and complex friendship remain relevant today. I cannot wait to collaborate with our excellent cast and amazing crew on a contemporary interpretation that brings all the wit, panache and class of the original text to life for a new audience."

Matt Code, Producer and President at Wildling Pictures, says “It’s a pleasure to bring together such a brilliant creative team and stellar talent to share this story through a new lens. José’s writing provides the opportunity to explore these fascinating, timeless characters, and we are thrilled to be working with our brilliant leads Douglas and Alison and the wider cast to bring this story to life.”