Actor Joseph Millson sets directorial debut with Signs Of Life

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Joseph Millson is teaming up with Grammy and Oscar-winning composer Anne Dudley for Signs Of Life. More on that project below. 


Joseph Millson, an actor known for his roles in Angel Has Fallen, Casino Royale and I Give It A Year, is set to make his directorial debut with Signs Of Life, a third part in a trilogy of films. 

The two previous films, The Magician and Care and both were produced by Millson and his wife Sarah-Jane Potts under their production company MillPotts Productions. Talk about relationship goals!

Unlike The Magician and Care, which were both shorts, Signs Of Life will be a feature film. 

“The lead characters from Care and The Magician were the inspiration for the protagonists in Signs Of Life,” Millson said in a press release. “I felt there was still a lot to be said about the current epidemic of heartache and depression, the sheer beauty of life and how these opposites collide. I was inspired to write a feature film that would follow a few days in the future life of the lead character from The Magician, who had been deeply affected by an act of kindness from a stranger. I wanted to see her going forward and passing on an act of kindness of her own. I’m interested in the unexploded bombs of grief and how helping others can help ourselves.”

Potts will also star in Signs Of Life as Anne, “a mute, struck dumb by a dangerous cycle of depression and grief, who desperately needs to get away to find peace and perspective.”

Here’s some more insight into the plot of the film: “A trip abroad sees a chance encounter with a stranger played by David Ganly (Moon Knight, Body Of Lies). The pair experience a chain of surprising events, which could either challenge and heal them or see both their lives fall apart.”

Also joining the project is Oscar-winning composer Anne Dudley, who won the coveted golden man – also known as an Oscar – for her work on The Full Monty. 

“I’m thrilled to be connecting again with Joseph who I first met at the Old Vic when we worked on Stephen Fry’s Cinderella,” Dudley said of the project. “He brings so much energy and passion to this film, his directorial debut, and he has written a wonderful screenplay that is moving, funny and unexpected.”

Signs Of Life is being described as a “heart-stopping drama with a side order of romantic comedy”. 

No news on a release date or further casting, but we’ll keep an eye on that for you. 

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