Domhnall Gleeson and Academy Award nominee Charlotte Rampling join the cast of The Little Stranger
Focus Features announced today that they have acquired the rights to the upcoming film The Little Stranger. The film will be directed by Academy Award nominee Lenny Abrahamson (Room) and will begin production this summer in the U.K. for a 2018 release. The film will star Academy Award nominee Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Ruth Wilson (The Affair) and Will Poulter (The Revenant). The Little Stranger was adapted by Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl) from the 2009 novel of the same name by Sarah Waters.
In a remote English village after the close of World War II, a local practitioner, Dr. Faraday (Gleeson), is called to the aged estate of Hundreds Hall to tend to an unwell parlormaid. Faraday knows the estate from his own childhood, when his mother worked there as a maid herself. The Hall is home to a glamorous widow, Mrs. Ayres (Rampling) and her two grown children, the mesmerizing Caroline (Wilson) and Roddy (Poulter), a badly disfigured veteran of the war. The Ayres family welcomes Faraday and his expertise, and he is drawn into the mystery of the Hall’s apparent haunting by a malevolent ghost. As he becomes increasingly entangled with the family, the malevolent presence in the house ratchets up in intensity, and fates become violently and intimately entwined.
The Little Stranger will be produced by Gail Egan (The Constant Gardener), Andrea Calderwood (The Last King of Scotland) and Ed Guiney (Room). Executive producers include Pathé’s Cameron McCracken, Film4’s Daniel Battsek, Irish Film Board’s Celine Haddad, Ingenious’ Tim O’Shea, and Element’s Andrew Lowe.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Lenny, a filmmaker who has proven to redefine every genre he takes on,” said Focus chairman Peter Kujawski. “We are excited to be partnering once again with our good friends at Pathé and Film4 on The Little Stranger, a classic ghost story to chill moviegoers.”
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