Emma Thompson to Star in Sex Comedy 'Good Luck to You, Leo Grande'

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Cornerstone will be selling the film from 'Animals' director Sophie Hyde — based on a screenplay by Katy Brand — at the upcoming American Film Market.

Emma Thompson is set to star in Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, a comedy about sex, desire and fulfillment from Sophie Hyde, director of 2019 Sundance hit drama Animals.

Based on the original screenplay by British Comedy award-winner Katy Brand (Katy Brand's Big Ass Show, Rose D’Or winner Psychobitches), the film will center on Nancy Stokes (Thompson), a 55-year-old widow who is yearning for some adventure, some human connection, and some sex. Good sex. For the first time in her life.

Whilst her husband Robert provided a home, a family, something resembling a life, that was never on offer. But he’s gone now, and Nancy has a plan. As she says, "There are nuns with more sexual experience than me." So, being the reasonable, practical woman she is, and as an ex-teacher she likes to be organized, she does some thorough research and hires the services of Leo Grande, a sex worker (or "sex therapist" as he prefers it) in his early twenties for a night of bliss.

The film, set to go into production in London at the beginning of 2021, marks the second collaboration between Cornerstone Films and Hyde after Animals. Cornerstone will handle international sales and distribution and will commence sales at the AFM, co-repping the U.S sales rights together with CAA Media Finance.

Good Luck to You, Leo Grande is a Genesius Pictures production and marks the first joint project between Cornerstone and producer Debbie Gray (Mrs Lowry & Son, Northern Soul) who are partners in The Reset Collective, the recently launched Australian distribution company.

“I’m thrilled to be working with the tremendously funny and heartbreakingly honest Emma Thompson to explore intimacy and desire, and to put on screen a relationship that feels unexpected and delightful," said Hyde, whose feature 52 Tuesdays won the directing award for World Cinema at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and garnered a Crystal Bear prize at the Berlin Film Festival. "At a time when our need for each other is so vividly present, it will be a delight to create and show this connection between two people, which is funny, sexy and moving."

Added Gray: "I loved the script from the first read, funny, relatable, relevant. It’s great to have a female-strong team with such a passion for the project."

Cornerstone Films’ Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder also noted: "We loved the bold, fresh and surprising take on female sexuality in Katy’s script and to have an actress of Emma’s caliber in the role of Nancy is a real gift."

Thompson is represented by Hamilton Hodell and CAA. Hyde is represented by UTA and Anonymous Content.