Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson and Academy Award-nominated actor Stanley Tucci have officially signed on to star in THE CHILDREN ACT. Adapted from Ian McEwan’s novel, the film will be directed by Richard Eyre.
Thompson is set to play Fiona Maye, an eminent judge in London. According to a statement, she presides with “wisdom and compassion over ethically complex cases of family law. But she has paid a heavy personal price for her workload, and her marriage to American professor Jack (Tucci) is at breaking point.” Fionn Whitehead from Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming Dunkirk also stars.
McEwan will adapt his own novel for the big screen while Duncan Kenworthy will produce. FilmNation Entertainment’s Glen Basner and Ben Browning will serve executive producers alongside Joe Oppenheimer and Beth Pattinson from BBC Films as well as Charles Moore. FilmNation is handling worldwide rights and has sold out the film internationally. BBC Films will also co-finance. Filming is set to start in London in mid-October.
Thompson can currently be seen in Bridget Jones’s Baby, which she also wrote. She stars in Disney’s highly anticipated live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast as well as Noah Baumbach’s comedy Yeh Din Ka Kissa opposite Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, and Dustin Hoffman.
Tucci can be seen next in the forthcoming blockbuster Transformers: The Last Knight and like Thompson, he will appear in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He is also attached to star in Ryan Murphy’s TV anthology Feud
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer