Colin Firth will be joined by two stars of The Crown in his next movie.
Based on Graham Swift’s acclaimed novel, Mothering Sunday is being adapted by Succession and Normal People writer Alice Birch.
The story begins on an unseasonably warm spring day in 1924 when twenty-two-year-old Jane Fairchild, a maid at an English country house, meets with her secret lover, the young heir of a neighboring estate. He is about to be married to a woman more befitting his social status, and the time has come to end the affair—but events unfold in ways Jane could never have predicted.
The romantic drama movie has attracted a great cast, including Olivia Colman (The Favourite), Josh O’Connor (The Durrells), and Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), with newcomer Odessa Young playing Jane.
Olivia Colman and Josh O’Connor have previously worked together in the third and fourth seasons of The Crown, playing Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles respectively.
Director Eva Husson (Girls of the Sun) commented: “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. It was a culmination of all that I am 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.”
Mothering Sunday is expected to arrive in cinemas in 2021.
The fourth season of The Crown premieres on Netflix next month.
Graham Swift’s novel is available on Amazon.