Johnson will star opposite Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.
Orlando Bloom and Amanda Seyfried were previously attached, but both dropped out when filming was postponed earlier this year.
Albert Nobbs, a story of a woman (Close) in 19th Century Ireland who disguises herself as a man in order to survive, will be directed by Rodrigo Garcia (Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her) from a script by John Banville and [Glenn] Close.
Production is set to commence shortly on-location in Dublin, Ireland.
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