Joyride: Olivia Colman to Star in New Feel-Good Drama Film
Oscar-winning actress Olivia Colman (The Favourite, The Crown) has officially signed on to star in Emer Reynolds’ forthcoming feel-good Irish drama film titled Joyride which is expected to begin its production next year in Wild Atlantic Way in West Ireland. This marks Colman’s first comedy-drama movie in a while after only starring in recent drama-heavy projects such as 2019’s Them That Follow and The Crown Season 3 as well as the upcoming drama film The Father opposite Anthony Hopkins and Netflix’s The Crown Season 4.
Joyride will follow the story of train-wreck Joy (Colman) on an adventure, but ready to give away her newborn baby to her best friend. What she can’t anticipate is that a cheeky street urchin is also along for the ride. Both are on the run; two diamonds in the rough, forming a riotous pair.
“We’re thrilled to have the wonderful Olivia Colman, an artist of such incredible talent, intelligence and depth — not to mention comedic brilliance,” Reynolds said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter). “It’s going to be a pleasure harnessing her rawness and her comedy and, vitally, the profound bravery that is visible in all her work.”
“We’re thrilled to be bringing this highly original, emotional and hilarious story into production with Emer Reynolds at the helm,” Producer Aoife O’Sullivan said. “Writer Ailbhe Keoghan is a true talent and having Olivia Colman as our lead character Joy is a dream come true.”
Joyride will be the directorial narrative feature debut of Emmy winner Emer Reynolds, who is known for his work on documentary films. It is written by Ailbhe Keoghan with Aoife O’Sullivan and Tristan Orpen Lynch set as producers through their Subotica banner. It is also a production by Embankment, who will be handling worldwide sales and are set as executive producers.
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