Olivia Colman’s 1920s comedy ‘Wicked Little Letters’ reveals trailer

The first trailer for Olivia Colman‘s new period drama movie has arrived.

Based on a stranger than fiction true story, Wicked Little Letters is set in an English seaside town in the 1920s.

The “riotous mystery comedy” follows the town’s inhabitants as they join together to solve the farcical and occasionally sinister scandal of who’s sending some rather strongly-worded letters to the local residents.

You can watch the trailer here – but be warned, there is language which may offend from the start!

Wicked Little Letters reunites Olivia Colman with her The Lost Daughter co-star Jessie Buckley.

Prior to Netflix’s Oscar-nominated 2021 drama, you may have seen the Irish actress in The Woman in WhiteThe Last PostMisbehaviour, and War & Peace.

Wicked Little Letters follows two neighbours: deeply conservative local Edith Swan (Olivia Colman) and rowdy Irish migrant Rose Gooding (Jessie Buckley),” the official synopsis tells us.

“When Edith and fellow residents begin to receive wicked letters full of unintentionally hilarious profanities, foul-mouthed Rose is charged with the crime.

“The anonymous letters prompt a national uproar, and a trial ensues. However, as the town’s women – led by Police Officer Gladys Moss (Anjana Vasan) – begin to investigate the crime themselves, they suspect that something is amiss, and Rose may not be the culprit after all.”

Wicked Little Letters had its world premiere at the 48th Toronto International Film Festival last month, with the first reviews for the “enormously entertaining period romp” (Screen Daily) praising Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley for “a glorious gusto to their very funny performances” (Vanity Fair).

Other critics were less favourable, however, with Indie Wire writing that “it often plays like an extended comedy sketch with little interest in reality.”

We’ll make our own minds up when it’s released in UK and Irish cinemas on Friday 23 February 2024.

Before then, Colman returns to our screens this winter in the upcoming Willy Wonka movie, and she’s also just finished filming a role in the third Paddington film!

The Lost Daughter is streaming on Netflix.