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UK TV director Nick Murphy will be making his feature film debut when he begins shooting the supernatural thriller THE AWAKENING in June. No, this isn’t a reboot of Mike Newell’s 1980 film starring Charlton Heston. And no, it isn’t an adaptation of Kate Chopin’s 1899 novel about Edna Pontellier’s struggles with femininity, marriage and motherhood in turn-of-the-century South. Read on to find out about the plot and who has been cast so far.
Screen Daily reports that THE AWAKENING will star DORIAN GRAY’s Rebecca Hall, CENTURION’s Dominic West and HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX’s Imelda Staunton. David Thompson, whose Origin Pictures developed the project at BBC Films, is producing. StudioCanal Features will be lead financier alongside BBC Films and Scottish Screen.
Set in post-WWI England, the film follows a skeptical woman who travels to a countryside boarding school to investigate rumors of an apparent haunting. Just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, she has a chilling spectral encounter which defies all her rational beliefs.
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