Helena Bonham Carter‘s next British period drama role has been revealed!
Fresh from her acclaimed starring role in ITVX drama Nolly earlier this year, she’s now set to lead the cast of The Offing.
The movie is based on the bestselling novel by English author Benjamin Myers.
Myers’ story unfolds shortly after the end of the World War II in the northeast of England.
The book’s synopsis reads: “One summer following the Second World War, Robert Appleyard sets out on foot from his Durham village.
“Sixteen and the son of a coal miner, he makes his way across the northern countryside until he reaches the former smuggling village of Robin Hood’s Bay. There he meets Dulcie, an eccentric, worldly, older woman who lives in a ramshackle cottage facing out to sea.
“Staying with Dulcie, Robert’s life opens into one of rich food, sea-swimming, sunburn and poetry. The two come from different worlds, yet as the summer months pass, they form an unlikely friendship that will profoundly alter their futures.”
It’s safe to assume that Bonham Carter will be playing the “eccentric, worldly, older woman” in the film.
The Offing will see Helena Bonham Carter reunite with Emmy-winning director Jessica Hobbs.
The pair previously worked together on the third season of The Crown, in which the 56-year-old English actress played Princess Margaret.
Call the Midwife writer Amy Roberts has penned the script.
Filming is expected to begin later this year, ahead of a 2024 release.
Helena Bonham Carter looks likely to return in a third Enola Holmes movie within the next year or so too.
Set in the moorland hills of 18th century Yorkshire, the book is being brought to television by This is England creator Shane Meadows.
The six-part BBC drama will feature Tom Burke (The Musketeers), Thomas Turgoose (This Is England), and George MacKay (1917) among its cast, alongside Downton Abbey stars Sophie McShera and Cara Theobold.
The Gallows Pole is due to premiere on BBC One and streaming on BBC iPlayer in 2023.
Benjamin Myers’ novel The Offing is available on Amazon.