Kathy Bates Joins Robert Graves Biopic ‘The Laureate’

The drama about British poet and novelist Robert Graves also stars Tom Hughes, Dianna Agron and Laura Haddock.

Kathy Bates has joined The Laureate, a drama about British poet and novelist Robert Graves from writer/director William Nunez.

The film about Graves’ first marriage amid an affair with his muse, American poet Laura Riding, will see Bates play Amy Graves, the meddling mother. Bates’ recent movie credits include Participant Media’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic, On the Basis of Sex.

The ensemble cast includes Tom Hughes as Robert Graves, Dianna Agron playing Laura Riding and Laura Haddock as Nancy Nicholson, Grave’s first wife.

Nunez’ production shingle, Northend Pictures, is producing the film, alongside Ireland’s Subotica Entertainment.

“I am looking forward to working with the great cast assembled, as well as the Subotica and 13 Films teams. Robert has such a controversial and fascinating life that will resonate with audiences worldwide,” Nunez said in a statement.

Tristan Lynch, Nunez and and Aoife O’Sullivan share the producer credits, while Tannaz Anisi and Greg Schenz executive produce. Bates is represented by ICM.