Olivia Colman, Dev Patel to star in weird romance Wicker

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Olivia Colman as a ‘smelly fisherwoman’ and Dev Patel as her wicker husband? Wicker sounds like it’s going to be quite something.

Two wonderful British talents are combining for a ‘twisted’ new movie romance called Wicker, due to film in Europe in the latter part of next year. The project has been announced ahead of the upcoming American Film Market where it will look to find a buyer to finance its production. If we had a chequebook of any merit, we’d be reaching for a very pleasant fountain pen at this stage.

The official synopsis for the project reads:

On the outskirts of a village by the sea, lives a Fisherwoman (Olivia Colman); smelly, single and perpetually ridiculed. One day, fed up with her stuffy, small-minded neighbors, she commissions herself a husband to be made from wicker (Dev Patel). In an otherwise conservative town, this unconventional romance sparks outrage, jealousy and chaos.

Dev Patel can currently be found putting in a number of delightful turns in Netflix’s anthology of short Roald Dahl adaptations directed by Wes Anderson (and he’s especially brilliant in the one titled Poison). Olivia Colman (pictured here in The Lost Daughter) will next be seen in Paul King’s upcoming Wonka, set to release in December. Strike action means she’s unlikely to have promotional commitments for that film.

The project is being produced by Topic Studios who are also behind David Lowery’s upcoming pop music melodrama Mother Mary. That particular film stars Anne Hathaway and Michaela Coel and was produced in partnership with A24. We’ll bring you more on this one as we hear it but we’d expect it to get snapped up pretty quickly once the AFM begins at the end of this month.

Should filming commence on time, then there’s a sporting chance we’ll be feasting our eyes on Wicker towards the end of 2024.


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