Florence Pugh to Star in 'The Maid' Murder Mystery for Universal

Florence Pugh attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards - Getty - H 2020
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

The 'Little Women' star will play a hotel maid who seeks to solve a murder in the big-screen adaptation of Nita Prose's debut novel.

Florence Pugh is set to star in Universal's big-screen adaptation of Nita Prose's debut novel, The Maid.

Pugh will play the titular character in an Agatha Christie-like murder mystery with an unlikely detective: Molly the maid.

Molly works at Regency Grand Hotel and tidies up the guests’ messes and sweeps up their secrets. But things take a suspenseful turn when she discovers an infamous wealthy guest, Mr. Black, dead in his bed and sets about to solve the mystery of his demise.

Josh McLaughlin and Chris Goldberg are producing the movie adaptation through their companies Wink Pictures and Winterlight Pictures, respectively. Pugh will produce as well while Prose will executive produce.

The deal for Universal to option Prose's novel was brokered by ICM Partners on behalf of the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV and Film Agency. The Maid is set for publication in 2022 via Penguin Random House in the U.S. and Canada and HarperFiction in the U.K.

Pugh received Oscar and BAFTA Award nominations for her performance in Greta Gerwig's Little Women. Her other credits include A24 horror hit Midsommar as well as indies Lady Macbeth and Fighting With My Family.

She will also be seen in Marvel's Black Widow and stars in Olivia Wilde’s Don't Worry Darling.