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Olivia Colman stars in London Roads. (BBC Films)

Broadchurch star Olivia Colman is set to star in the film adaptation of 2011’s National Theatre’s stage production of London Road.

Both the stage and film productions are musicals, but the story is no Mary Poppins.

London Road is based on the true story of five women who were murdered during 2006 in Ipswich, England, located in Suffolk, and how the grim crimes impacted the community.

The lyrics for the songs were pulled from real interviews with the actual residents of London Road when the murders happened, reports RadioTimes.

While a weighty topic, it’s possible that singing about what happened softens the delivery a little bit. Colman strolls through her garden singing about the calmness of the flowers and hanging baskets, with her neighbors joining in, and in some parts the song becomes a round:

Here’s a look at the trailer released in April 2015:

Colman is joined by Tom Hardy (Legend) and Anita Dobson (Casualty) and the entire original cast from the National Theatre stage production.

London Road is scheduled to hit U.K. cinemas on June 12. A U.S. release is yet to be determined.

Do you think the singing helps tell the story? 

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By Brigid Brown