Production Wraps On Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite”

Fresh off his Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for The Lobster, Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos looks to continue his hot streak with the psychological chiller The Killing Of A Sacred Deer which stars Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman and now the upcoming period drama The Favourite which has just wrapped shooting.

The Favourite is described as a “bawdy, acerbic tale of royal intrigue, passion, envy, and betrayal.” The film is set in 18th century England during the rule of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) and depicts two women fighting for both power and the Queen’s affections: Anne’s secret lover Sarah Churchill (Rachel Weisz), the Duchess Of Marlborough, and the Duchess’s younger cousin (Emma Stone). Nicholas Hoult and Joe Alwyn co-star.

It is uncertain whether or not this will be ready in time for the end of this year in spite of it being acquired by Fox Searchlight Pictures which is an Oscar powerhouse, having won Best Picture two years in a row with 12 Years A Slave and Birdman. They may feel they have their hands full with the tennis biopic Battle Of The Sexes and the dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri starring Frances McDormand. But who knows.

The main cast should be enough to spark interest, though. It stars Olivia Colman who is coming off a Golden Globe win for her supporting turn on the British miniseries The Night Manager and is set to star in the upcoming remake of Murder On The Orient Express. You also have newly minted Academy Award winner Emma Stone who, if the film comes out this year, could pack a one-two punch in the upcoming awards season with this and Battle Of The Sexes where she plays Billie Jean King, making an afterglow nomination not that far from her reach. Lastly, there’s Rachel Weisz who is also an Oscar winner for The Constant Gardener and despite not having landed another bid since, could rebuild her awards momentum if the role is legitimate enough. Starring in the potential summer arthouse hit My Cousin Rachel and the lesbian drama Disobedience opposite Rachel McAdams certainly shouldn’t hurt her case for that elusive second nomination.

So the film has a lot of promise thanks to its cast and Yorgos Lanthimos being at the helm. Lanthimos is someone who has become known for his eccentric yet satirical storytelling with The Lobster, which is a metaphorical demonstration of the societal pressures of dating, and the Oscar nominated foreign language film Dogtooth which deals with an affluent couple shielding their children from the outside world, serving as an off-kilter critique of the extremes people go when rearing their children. So I’d be curious to see how he will tackle the costume drama genre considering his original and creative mind.

What do you guys think? Are you as curious as I am about this project? Please be sure to leave comments on what you think. Thanks for reading!
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