Olivia Colman has a new period romance in the works and we already know it’s going to be special
According to Variety, Colman is set to star in Empire Of Light, a period romance “set in and around a beautiful old cinema, on the South Coast of England in the 1980s”.
Although most details about the project are being kept in the dark for now, we do know the film is being written and directed by Sam Mendes, who previously directed the Oscar award-winning drama 1917. He’s also set to team up with top cinematographer, Roger Deakins, who has worked on films such as Blade Runner 2049 and Skyfall.
At the moment, it’s hoped that Empire Of Light will be released in the autumn of 2022.
It’s not much to go off for now, but seeing Colman pair up with a director like Mendes is definitely noteworthy, especially considering the pair have both worked on Oscar award-winning films, with Colman previously winning an award for best actress for her role in The Favourite.
With this in mind, it seems likely that Empire Of Light could become an opportunity for Colman to win yet another Oscar – although it’ll be easier to say for certain when we learn more about the film’s plot and the role Colman’s character plays in it.
For now, however, Colman will have her eyes firmly set on this year’s Oscars, where she’s nominated for best actress in a supporting role for her performance in The Father, which tells the story of a daughter (Colman) trying to protect her dad (Anthony Hopkins) as he struggles with dementia.
In true Colman style, it’s a heart-wrenching, captivating and magnificent performance – and we can’t wait to see more of the same from the actor as she takes on her myriad of upcoming roles.