EXCLUSIVE: Fresh off his Oscar nominations for drama the lost daughterOscar winner Olivia Colman (the favorite) Y Chernobyl star Jessie Buckley will reunite in comedy wicked little letterswhich will be a hot project in the cannes market.
french power studiochannel developed the project, is launching sales and is producing with Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin of Three billboards outside of Ebbing Missouri Y Best Exotic Marigold Hotel suit Blueprint and Colman’s South Of The River Pictures.
Based on a true story, the film will see the in-demand British and Irish actors play very different neighbors who come together to solve a mystery.
Buckley will play the passionate Rose Gooding, who has little in common with the pious Edith Swan (Colman) other than neighbors in the seaside town of Littlehampton in the 1920s. One day, Edith and others in the town start receiving letters. scandalous written in foul language as eccentric as it is obscene, and the finger of suspicion immediately falls on Rose. As Rose is on the verge of losing her freedom and custody of her daughter, and the scandalous letters continue to blight the town, police officer Gladys Moss begins to suspect that something is wrong. Along with a group of resourceful women, Gladys strives to solve the mystery, free Rose and catch the real culprit.
From the looks of it, there’s a small dose of Three billboards outside of Ebbing Missouri here, which isn’t a bad thing given that the movie Blueprint garnered multiple Oscars and $160 million at the box office.
Thea Sharrock (me before you) directs from a script by British actor and writer Jonny Sweet. Principal photography is scheduled for stellar autumn 2022, shooting on location in the UK.
Colman will produce for South Of The River with Ed Sinclair. Studiocanal CEO Anna Marsh, Executive Vice President of Global Production Ron Halpern, and Senior Vice President of Global Production Joe Naftalin are executive producers for the French studio.
Director Thea Sharrock commented: “wicked little letters it is a divine comedy with a deeply moving core. Funny, witty, lighthearted and based on a true story as relevant today as it was 100 years ago. Watching this movie will be like hitting your funny bone; when tears of pain and laughter are impossible to separate. Olivia Colman is hilarious, brilliant and brave. In the role of Edith, she will continue to showcase her extraordinary prowess as an actress with her unique ability to make us fall in love with her. In Jessie Buckley we have chosen the actress that everyone wants to see; Her fiercely strong energy will blow up the character of Rose on our screens. Following the lost daughter our film brings together two of the most exciting, accessible, funniest and wildest actresses in the world.”
Producers Olivia Colman and Ed Sinclair expanded: “Here at South Of The River, we couldn’t be happier to be sitting down alongside Studiocanal and Blueprint to bring this incredible true story to life. wicked little letters it’s as hilarious as it is unexpected with beautifully and lovingly drawn characters across the board. Jonny Sweet’s script had us hooked from the first page. He has an excellent eye for ridicule and pomposity in his characters, and his background as a comedian gives a real edge to his writing. We’re thrilled to have Thea Sharrock on board to direct, a filmmaker who will let our script and characters take flight. In wicked little letters there’s a compelling, modern sensibility bubbling beneath the recognizable and highly cinematic surface of post-World War I England, ultimately delivering a relevant and satisfying dramatic punch.”
Producers Graham Broadbent and Pete Czernin said: “We are delighted to re-team with Thea Sharrock and to be working with Studiocanal and South Of The River Pictures on this project. The comedy of Jonny Sweet’s script immediately drew us in, but in the true story he has woven into this film, he has also shown us three heroic women ahead of their time, who bravely withstood the judgment of their community and fought to be heard. when the world didn’t want them to talk. Hosted by Olivia Colman as Edith, the film is filled with unique and unforgettable characters who capture all the petty rivalries, prejudices and divisions of small town life; and celebrates the risks taken by women who dared to challenge the status quo.”
EVP Global Production Ron Halpern and SVP Global Production Joe Naftalin are overseeing Studiocanal. Anne Cherel, Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Distribution, and Chloe Marquet, Director of International Film Sales, handle worldwide sales for Studiocanal.
Colman is represented by United Agents, ICM and Narrative. Jessie Buckley is represented by United Agents, CAA and Relevant