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Shooting may have only just wrapped on the final season of Downton Abbey, but Lady Mary isn’t taking a break any time soon.
In an announcement made Friday it was revealed that Michelle Dockery had joined the cast of The Sense of an Ending, the film adaptation of Julian Barnes’ award-winning 2011 novel being directed by The Lunchbox helmer Ritesh Batra and adapted for screen by Nick Payne. The film was first announced in March as part of a new slate from BBC films.
Alongside Dockery, Charlotte Ramping, Emily Mortimer and Harriet Walter have also joined the drama, which is due to start shooting in the U.K. on Aug 16. Jim Broadbent had already been named as playing the lead role of Tony Webster, a retired divorcee and recluse who digs deep into his past in a quest to recover his best friend’s diary.
Adding to the cast are three up-and-coming British actors; Billy Howle (soon to appear opposite Annette Bening and Saoirse Ronan in the big screen adaptation of Chekov’s The Seagull), Freya Mavor (Sunshine on Leith, The White Queen) and Joe Alwyn (recently cast as the eponymous star in Ang Lee’s upcoming Iraq War drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk).
The Sense of an Ending is being produced by David Thompson and Ed Rubin of Origin Pictures, which was behind recent titles including Woman in Gold and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and exec producers are Christine Langan and Ed Wethered for BBC Films, Ben Browning and Glen Basner from FilmNation, and Norman Merry from LipSync Productions.
BBC Films, LipSync Productions and FilmNation Entertainment are financing the film, while FilmNation has acquired worldwide rights excluding U.K. TV.
The film marks the first foray into film adaptation for Payne, the acclaimed British playwright behind recent hit Constellations. It’s also the first for Batra since his BAFTA-nominated global crossover hit The Lunchbox in 2013.
Meanwhile, Dockery appears to be significantly bolstering her post-Downton schedule. The actress has already been tapped to star in new TNT drama Good Behavior and is also set to star alongside Elisabeth Moss in indie Queen of Earth. She’s repped by WME, Anonymous Content and Hamilton Hodell.
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