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Kate Winslet stars opposite Alan Rickman in the forthcoming A Little Chaos. (BBC Films)

Ever since Alan Rickman was seen nude at The Gherkin (for a role of course) it’s been like, “Where’s Alan Rickman? What’s Alan Rickman doing? We want more Alan Rickman.”

Well, Entertainment Weekly has tracked him down, and Rickman has been behind the camera directing fellow heavy hitter Kate Winslet in the period film A Little Chaos. And, when you’re the director, and have a hand in casting, why not step into the leading man spot?

Rickman talks to EW about his return to directing saying, “I can’t direct anything unless when I read it, images start jumping off the page. It sort of demands your involvement in a way, like [the script] is saying, ‘What about me?’” His first feature-length film was The Winter Guest in 1997, starring Emma Thompson and Phyllida Law.

The story of A Little Chaos revolves around Sabine De Barra (Winslet), a 17th century French gardener, who doesn’t back down when working to get a design assignment at the new palace of Versailles.

The below clip shows Sabine meeting King Louis XIV (Rickman) for the first time, who she mistakes for a gardener:

The film will be screened the closing night of the Toronto International Film Festival on September 14. A cinema release is yet to be announced.

You can check out the entire EW interview with Rickman here.

Are you excited to see Alan Rickman and Kate Winslet on screen together?

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By Brigid Brown