Glenn Close will star in 'The Wife'.

The Academy Award-nominated actress will play the title character in the movie adaptation of Meg Wolitzer's novel - which follows the collapse of a couple's marriage as they travel through Scandinavia.

The story - published in 2003 - centres on 64-year-old Joan - played by Close - as she journeys to Stockholm with her novelist husband, Joe, to see him receive the fictional 'Helsinki' award.

Close, 67, will travel to Sweden for the shoot - which is set to take place next winter and spring - and will be directed by Bjorn Runge in both Swedish and English languages, reports Deadline.

Runge said: ''The first time I read 'The Wife,' I was instantly inspired by the story of love, creativity and a secret larger than life in itself that the main characters, Joan and Joe, are carrying. After meeting the amazing Glenn Close, I was convinced that directing this film would be a creatively wonderful and challenging experience.''

Close is also set to begin shooting 'The Great Gilly Hopkins' later this month, which is based on the 1978 children's novel by Katherine Paterson.