Whodunit fans and armchair detectives across the country are in for a treat as filming has wrapped on an untitled murder mystery starring Adrien Brody, Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan.
Set in 1950s London, the film is about “a desperate Hollywood film producer [who] sets out to turn a popular West End play into a film,” according to Deadline. When members of the play’s cast are murdered, world-weary Inspector Stoppard (Rockwell) and overzealous rookie Constable Stalker (Ronan) are brought on to solve the case. Here, the film guides us through the intricate workings of London’s glamorous Theatreland and sordid West End underground, with classic twists and turns along the way.
The film, which appears to have the working title of ‘Three Trapped Mice‘ will feature a star-studded cast of high-profile actors including Rockwell, Ronan, and Oscar-winner Brody who will play blacklisted Hollywood director Leo Köpernic.
You might remember Rockwell from critically acclaimed Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, in which he played a racist deputy police chief; his jeering performance won him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2017. Ronan most recently starred alongside Kate Winslet in Ammonite, Francis Lee’s superb biopic of 19th-century palaeontology pioneer Mary Anning.
Also cast in the film are rising star Harris Dickinson and acclaimed actors Ruth Wilson and David Oyewolo, although it’s not clear yet which roles these last two will play.
The film’s director is Tom George, director of BAFTA-winning BBC mockumentary This Country which ran from 2017 to 2020, about Cotswolds village residents Kerry Mucklowe and her cousin Kurtan.
Searchlight Pictures, responsible for such gems as the 2016 comedy Absolutely Fabulous and the 2013 period drama Belle, have financed the film, with Katie Goodson-Thomas, Richard Ruiz, and Pete Spencer on board to produce. Mark Chappell has written the script.
Filming is said to have wrapped last week with the film’s release scheduled for 2022.
Words by Camilla Patini
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