“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke has been cast to play poet Elizabeth Barrett in the romance “Let Me Count the Ways.”
As reported in an article from Variety, the film is being directed by Björn Runge. The Swedish filmmaker is known for helming the Glenn Close led drama “The Wife,” for which she was nominated an Academy Award. “Let Me Count the Ways” is being written by Paule Milne and is based on the true story of Barrett’s romance with playwright Robert Browning.
From the Variety article:
Set in the mid-19th century, the film follows Elizabeth as she is living in the family home with her siblings in an affluent part of London. She has gained fame and recognition for her poetry but, weakened by a mysterious illness, lives as a virtual recluse, reliant on laudanum. The youthful, impulsive Robert Browning comes into her life, awakening a passion she had previously only ever written about. But the closer she and Browning get, the more her father fights to keep control over her.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring this most compelling of love stories to the world, and to be able to do so with such a talented team of people both in front and behind the camera is a privilege,” said Bankside’s Stephen Kelliher.
Jones added: “This film is a classic love story which delivers something entirely unexpected and relevant in today’s world, and I am excited to be embarking on this journey with an outstanding team of people.”
Clarke, who’s coming off the longform success of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” has been keeping busy outside the ruthless realm. She has wrapped filming on Phillip Noyce’s FBI drama “Above Suspicion” and worked on Paul Feig’s comedy “Last Christmas,” which is in post-production. “Let Me Count the Ways” is being produced by Damian Jones of DJ Films and Bankside Films. International sales will be introduced to buyers at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.