Focus Features acquires Lesley Manville-led Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris
Having previously worked with the studio for her Oscar-nominated turn in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread, Lesley Manville and Focus Features are reuniting as the studio has acquired the worldwide rights to her new drama Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris.
Based on Paul Gallico’s novella of the same name and in partnership with the House of Dior, the story centers on a widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress, and decides that she must have one of her own. After she works, starves and gambles to raise the funds to pursue her dream, she embarks on an adventure to Paris which will change not only her own outlook, but the very future of the House of Dior.
Anthony Fabian (Skin, Good Hope) directed the adaptation on a script co-written by he, Carroll Cartwright, Keith Thompson and Olivia Hetreed. Alongside Manville, the ensemble roster for the film includes Isabelle Huppert (Isle of Dogs, Greta), Jason Isaacs (The Death of Stalin, Scoob!), Lambert Wilson (The Matrix 4, Benedetta), Alba Baptista (Warrior Nun, Fatima), Lucas Bravo (Emily in Paris) and Rose Williams (Changeland, Medici).
“Anthony transports the audience to the nostalgia and glamour of 1950s London and Paris, and the timeless fantasy of Dior haute couture, offering both Mrs. Harris and us a welcome escape from our day-to-day lives,” Focus President of Production & Acquisitions Kiska Higgs said in a statement. “We are overjoyed to collaborate again with the brilliant Lesley Manville and Isabelle Huppert, who fill the screen with poignance and verve.”
The film is produced Xavier Marchand, Guilliaume Benski and Fabian.
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