Dan Stevens and Judi Dench’s ‘Blithe Spirit’ movie has a new release date

The new adaptation of Blithe Spirit will finally arrive in cinemas early next year!

The cast is led by Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) and Judi Dench (Skyfall), alongside Emilia Fox (Silent Witness), Isla Fisher (The Great Gatsby) and Leslie Mann (Knocked Up).

Blithe Spirit was originally set to premiere back in May, but due to the coronavirus pandemic the movie was postponed until September, then was pushed back again to December.

In the UK and Ireland it’ll now be simultaneously released in cinemas and on demand via Sky Cinema on 15th January 2021.

Sarah Wright, Director of Sky Cinema and Acquisitions at Sky UK & Ireland, commented: “2021 is going to be a big year for original film at Sky and what better way to kick it off than with Blithe Spirit? Based on the Noël Coward production, this sparkling comedy is full of fun, frolics and an all-star cast. A great way to banish the January blues!”

Blithe Spirit will arrive in US cinemas on 19th February 2021.

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Described as “a riotous reimagining of Noël Coward’s classic comedy,” the upcoming British movie is directed by Edward Hall, who’s previously helmed episodes of Downton Abbey, The Durrells and Partners in Crime.

The official synopsis reads: “Best-selling crime novelist Charles (Dan Stevens) is struggling with catastrophic writer’s block and a stressful deadline for his first screenplay. His picture-perfect second wife Ruth (Isla Fisher) is doing her best to keep him focussed in the hope of fulfilling her dream of heading to Hollywood.

“Charles’ desperate search for inspiration leads him to invite Madame Arcati (Judi Dench), a medium recently exposed as a fraud, to perform a séance in their home.

“They all get more than they bargained for when Arcati accidentally summons the spirit of his deceased first wife: the fiery and jealous Elvira (Leslie Mann) who embarks on a mission to kill Charles so she can spend eternity with him which leads to an increasingly comical and deadly love triangle.”

Dan Stevens is best known for his role as Matthew Crawley in the first three seasons of Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey: The Complete Collection DVD box set is available on Amazon.