The story of Hollywood producer Walter Wanger and his wife, actress Joan Bennett, who pioneered film noir before becoming embroiled in a bloody scandal, is explored in a new narrative podcast series.
Jon Hamm and Zooey Deschanel star in Love is a Crime, directed by You Must Remember This creator Karina Longworth, filmmaker Vanessa Hope, granddaughter of Wanger and Bennett, and Vanity Fair.
The series tells the story of how Wanger, who directed films like 1963 Cleopatra in 1951, shot and killed agent Jennings Lang who he suspected was having an affair with Bennett, but it was Bennett who won a public award for that Her husband’s offense paid.
Longworth and Hope will co-host the podcast, sharing the inside story of the professional partnership and the couple’s impact.
Zooey Deschanel will play Joan Bennett, Jon Hamm will play Walter Wanger and Griffin Dunne will play Jennings Lang.
The series is co-produced with Cadence 13 by Audacy. It is Vanity Fair’s first narrative podcast series and will premiere on August 17th.
“Why would my grandfather, a successful film producer, a liberal thinker, a man who helped Jewish emigrants escape Hitler, take a gun to confront his wife?” Hope said. “Why would my grandmother, a beautiful film star who practically invented the archetype of film noir femme fatale and then starred in a successful family film franchise, risk anything to sneak around with her agent?”