Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, & David Oyelowo Cast In ’50s Murder Mystery


The early cast for an upcoming Searchlight Pictures murder mystery set in 1950’s London includes Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, and David Oyelowo.

The early cast for an untitled murder mystery from Searchlight Pictures includes Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, and David Oyelowo. Set in 1950s London, the story begins with a Hollywood producer attempting to adapt a popular West End play, only for members of his production to turn up dead. Enter the grizzled vet Inspector Stoppard (Rockwell) and his green partner Constable Stalker (Ronan) to solve the theater district whodunit.

As reported in Deadline, Searchlight has yet to set a production start date, though the project will be overseen by the studio’s UK branch. This will be the film debuts of director Tom George, known for his TV work on the BAFTA-winning BBC sitcom This Country, and screenwriter Mark Chappell, who created the Will Arnett series Flaked for Netflix in 2016. Producer Damian Jones, known for the Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady that won Meryl Streep her third Best Actress Oscar, has also signed on.

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Comfortable in the knowledge that the financial successes of Murder on the Orient Express and Knives Out practically guarantee a comeback for their favorite genre, murder mystery fans are sure to be excited by that premise. The cast, of course, would be enticing to anyone. Since delivering fan-favorite performances in movies like The Green Mile and Moon, Rockwell has been on a prestigious roll lately, scoring a Best Supporting Actor win for the first of two consecutive nominations for 2017’s Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri and 2018’s Vice. Ronan is hot off her impressive work with Greta Gerwig and is set to appear in Wes Anderson’s upcoming The French Dispatch, while the talented Oyelowo is perhaps most known for his portrayal of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma. How George and Chappell will handle the transition to film is the biggest unknown, and with the story’s period setting, a lot will depend on the design team they surround themselves with. Still, these early details are enough to suggest this production is worth keeping an eye on.

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Source: Deadline

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Updated: November 23, 2020 — 3:21 pm

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