Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley, who recently starred together in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter, will share the screen once again.
The Cannes film market was abuzz this week with the news that Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley would be reuniting onscreen for Wicked Little Letters, a comedy set to be directed by Thea Sharrock. Colman and Buckley are something of a hot property together onscreen following their respective Godfather Part II style turns in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter, for which all three collaborators earned well-deserved Oscar nods.
According to Deadline, the film, which is being produced by Studiocanal, sees Buckley ‘taking on the role of Rose Gooding, a fiery, brash personality who has little in common with her religious neighbour, Edith Swan (Colman), other than living in the same quiet part of town. Set in the seaside land of Littlehampton in the 1920s, Edith, along with a few other people in town, receives a series of obscene, erratic letters written in foul language, and the suspicion soon falls upon Rose. Who else would feel the need to resort to such coarse, childish, and drastic measures? But as the letters continue to cause dismay in town, and Rose finds her freedom and custody of her daughter under threat, police officer Gladys Moss suspects that things aren’t quite right.’
With the casting of the Gladys character, the film may yet become a three-hander, so we’re looking forward to hearing who has snagged that potentially juicy role opposite Buckley and Colman.
Production is set to begin in the UK this autumn, with the teams behind the project including Graham Broadbent and Peter Czernin, the Oscar-nominated duo behind Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Colman can next be seen in Emer Reynolds Joyride, set to release in July whilst Buckley stars in Alex Garland’s Men, which launches at the beginning of next month. We’ll be keeping a close eye on this one and will definitely let you know when we hear more.
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