Jacob Dudman, Alistair Petrie, Finty Williams Join Richard Armitage in LGBTQ+ Drama 'Now & Then' (Exclusive)

Jacob Dudman, Alistair Petrie, Finty Williams
Elisha Applebaum, Paul Clarke

Jacob Dudman, Alistair Petrie, Finty Williams

Stephen Fry and Geraldine James are also starring in the film, based on William Corlett's award-winning novel.

Jacob Dudman, best known for his role in the recent Netflix teen drama Fate: A Winx Saga, has joined upcoming British LGBTQ+ feature Now & Then.

The film will see Dudman — who will portray the younger version of the lead character, Chris — reteam with previously announced lead Richard Armitage, having played his son in Netflix drama The Stranger, based on the Harlan Coben novel.

"I am thrilled to be joining the brilliant team already attached to Now & Then and reuniting with Richard, to explore the character of Chris in all its depths," Dudman told The Hollywood Reporter. "The story struck me with its power and poetry. It’s not only an empowering LGBTQ+ project, but a heartbreaking tale of the human experience."

Adapted from William Corlett's award-winning novel by screenwriter and noted British casting director Matt Western and being directed by Tom Vaughan, the film — first announced by The Hollywood Reporter in 2020 — tells the story of a mother in her late 60s and her gay, middle-aged son who are forced to undertake an exploration of their past mistakes and regrets to try and make sense of their present condition and relationship with each other.

"Jacob Dudman is, without doubt, one of the most interesting young actors in the U.K.," said Western, who also produces alongside Croatian film and TV producer Bruno Mustić. "His understanding of the subtle complexity of the role of ’young Chris’ is extraordinary, and we are thrilled to welcome him to, what I believe will be, a career-defining role."

Dudman was chosen to play the role after an exhaustive international search, according to Western.

Alongside Dudman and Armitage, Alistair Petrie (Sex Education, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) and Finty Williams (The A-List, Gosford Park, Cranford) have also been cast in the film, together with previously announced names Stephen Fry and Geraldine James.

"During the last twenty-five years as a casting director, I’ve learned the crucial importance of attaching the right cast members to a project, and all our cast members are not only ideally matched to their roles, they also share my passion for, and dedication to, this project," said Western. "They are individuals whom I trust and admire for their skill, artistry, and creative fervour. Together they will bring Now & Then to life in the most glorious way."

Production on Now & Then is anticipated to begin in the U.K. and Croatia in the fall.