Lenny Abrahamson teams up with Domhnall Gleeson for a 'classic ghost story to chill moviegoers'
Focus Films announced a worldwide distribution deal with the project at the Cannes Film Festival
The new film from the Oscar-nominated Irish director is a ghost story.
The Little Stranger stars Domnhall Gleeson, Charlotte Rampling, Ruth Wilson and Will Poulter, and filming is set to begin this summer in the UK.
Abrahamson, who received an Academy Award nomination for Room, will direct from a script by Lucinda Coxon, who also wrote the screenplay adaptation of The Danish Girl. Coxon has adapted The Little Stranger from Sarah Waters' 2009 Booker Prize winning novel of the same name.
It's a gothic tale set in post-WWII England, focusing on a doctor (Gleeson) working at a dilapidated rural estate. When he's called to the estate of Hundred Hall to tend to a sick parlourmaid, he befriends the glamorous widow (Rampling) of the house and her two adult children, played by Wilson and Poulter.
But the closer he becomes with the family, the further he's drawn into their dark and mysterious world. When the owners of the house suggest it's haunted, the doctor becomes increasingly obsessed with marrying the daughter, which leads to dangerous consequences.
The film received production funding of €350,000 from the Irish Film Board and on Tuesday in Cannes, Focus Films announced that it had acquired worldwide distribution rights for it.
“We’re thrilled to be working with Lenny, a filmmaker who has proven to redefine every genre he takes on,” said Focus chairman Peter Kujawski. “We are excited to be partnering once again with our good friends at Pathé and Film4 on The Little Stranger, a classic ghost story to chill moviegoers.”