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Olivia Colman Among Cast For Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Directorial Debut ‘The Lost Daughter’

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Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut “The Lost Daughter” has found its cast.

Academy Award winner Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), BAFTA nominee Jessie Buckley (“Wild Rose”), Dakota Johnson (“The Peanut Butter Falcon”) and Golden Globe nominee Peter Sarsgaard (“Shattered Glass”) are all set to star in the drama, as reported by Deadline.

Gyllenhaal is adapting Elena Ferrante’s novel of the same name, with Endeavor Content launching world sales for the project which is tipped to be one of the more hotly contested on the market at the upcoming EFM.

The film will follow a divorced middle-aged English professor (Colman) who, whilst on vacation to the Italian coast, encounters Nina (Johnson) and her daughter who she becomes both mesmerized and unsettled by due to their brash behaviour. She becomes overwhelmed by her own memories of the intensity of early motherhood.

Based on what is already known about the novel and the character Colman will portray, it has the potential to be an awards contender in the Best Actress category, particularly as her win for “The Favourite” in early 2019 has gained her a larger fanbase. An already beloved actress from the UK, Colman has captured the hearts of the U.S. and the world and there will certainly be excitement with this casting choice. She can also been seen portraying Queen Elizabeth in Netflix’s “The Crown.”

Deadline included a quote from Gyllenhaal in their report where the actress turned director spoke about her upcoming project:

“When I finished reading Elena Ferrante’s The Lost Daughter, I felt that something secret and true had been said out loud. And I was both disturbed and comforted by that. I immediately thought how much more intense the experience would be in a movie theatre, with other people around. And I set to work on this adaptation. I find that the script has attracted other people interested in exploring these secret truths about motherhood, sexuality, femininity, desire. And I’m thrilled to continue my collaboration with such brave and exciting actors and filmmakers.”

Gyllenhaal is producing the film alongside Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren, both through Charlie Dorfman and production company Pie Films. Pie Films and Gyllenhaal are no strangers to each other, having collaborated on “The Kindergarten Teacher.”

This project marks the exciting start of Gyllenhaal’s directing career and all eyes will be on whether she can have just as much success and acclaim as she has done as an actress.

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