Olivia Colman and Colin Firth Star Opposite Each Other for the First Time in 'Mothering Sunday'
Olivia Colman and Colin Firth are set to star in a movie together? You know we love a two-for-one deal.
Colman and Firth are set to play a married couple in the forthcoming movie Mothering Sunday, reports Deadline. Based on Graham Swift's 2016 novel by the same name, the script has been written by Alice Birch (Normal People) and will be directed by Eva Husson (Hannah TV series).
What's it about? The title provides a hint, with the story taking place on Mother's Day in 1924. Firth and Colman play Mr. and Mrs. Evan. They've given their housekeeper, Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young), the day off, as the couple are set to go to their neighbor's house to celebrate his engagement.
As you might expect, there's a twist. Jane and the neighbor, Paul (Josh O'Connor), have been having an affair for... seven years. That is quite a long time.
According to the description, the party will mark their final night of passion. It sounds like they have a plan, but as we've learned from prior plot descriptions, plans change. It's not the sort of thing one can just turn off.
But, that's what makes it all so intriguing. So, what will happen on this potentially fateful evening?
Husson talked to Deadline on how this came about, saying, "It truly felt like the planets aligned when this wonderful screenplay, Mothering Sunday somehow found its way to me. Alice Birch seemed to whisper in my ear, and I felt everything I'd done so far prepared me for this specific story."
Ooh, that gets us even more excited. If it all fell into place for Husson, hopefully it will, too, for us as viewers.
She goes on to say, "It was a culmination of all that I'm obsessed with in life: writing, sensuality, and pure cinema. I finished the script in tears, not from sadness, but because it cracked me open, like the most honest works do."
It just gets better: it's a win-win-win.
Producers Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley chimed in, exclaiming their hopes as well, releasing a joint statement saying: "The combination of the Alice Birch screenplay, Eva's direction and the incredible source material of Graham Swift's novel, and this amazing cast make the prospect of Mothering Sunday a producers dream!"
Production is set to begin in the fall on a contained set, with social distancing maintained if needed.
This all sounds good to us. What about you?