Emma Thompson headlined action movie The Fisherwoman films this Autumn

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The Fisherwoman is all set to enter production, with Emma Thompson leading the action thriller’s cast.

We learned back in early 2023 that Emma Thompson had signed up to star in The Fisherwoman, an action thriller that she was set to take the lead role of. Emma Thompson and action movies haven’t been natural companions, so eyebrows were instantly raised. In a good way.

Still, things have been pretty quiet where the project is concerned for a while, not least because of the strikes that have thrown the US film industry into a state of disarray. The end of the strikes, potentially, should unlock a lot of projects. This being one of them.

One American company, Stampede Productions, is involved in The Fisherman (which is a co-production with several German production companies). Whether it was the strike or perhaps Thompson’s schedule we’re not entirely sure, but things seem to now be moving full-steam ahead with the project. It is set to begin production in Cologne this autumn.

The film won’t be set in Germany though, with Cologne standing in for Minnesota.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘the film revolves around a widowed fisherwoman, who is trapped in a Minnesotan blizzard. The woman interrupts the abduction of a teenager and soon discovers that she is the only hope for the young victim.’

The Fisherwoman will be directed by Brian Kirk, perhaps best known as the co-creator and director of Luther, though he also made the 2019 thriller 21 Bridges, starring the late, much-missed Chadwick Boseman. That earlier work might give us a clue about The Fisherwoman's tone.

No other casting has yet been announced, but honestly, do we need any? Given that this isn’t going to be released until some point in 2024, can we pass the time by having a discussion about just what kind of an action star we think Emma Thompson might be. (Apart from a brilliant one, of course.) Give us your thoughts in the comments below.

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