Hot off the presses from Berlin, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Gemma Arterton and Miss Peregrine star Eva Green are set to headline Vita & Virginia, a love story designed to chronicle the romance and friendship between Virgina Woolf and celebrated author Vita Sackville-West.
It’s still early, early days for the project, but we understand British writer-director Chanya Button (Burn, Burn, Burn) is at the helm, directing from a script penned by Eileen Atkins. THR notes that Atkins’ own two-character play from 2002 will serve as inspiration, which followed the pair’s passionate lesbian romance in 1920s London. Lasting for more than a decade, their love affair inspired Sackville-West’s novel Orlando, and now Gemma Arterton will be the one portraying the historical figure on the big screen. Eva Green, meanwhile, will take point as the great Virgina Woolf.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that Vita & Virginia will be caught up in the gloom associated with Woolf’s work either; Chanya Button, who co-wrote the screenplay with Atkins, promises a “playful and sexual” take on the esteemed author, who together with Vita Sackville-West challenged institutions and social prejudice with their unwavering love for one another.
As for Eva Green, the actress was last seen in Tim Burton’s quirky Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, while Gemma Arterton is part of the cast assembled for Colm McCarthy’s apocalyptic yarn, The Girl With All the Gifts. Expect the latter to debut via select theaters on February 26th.
Protagonist Pictures is backing Vita & Virginia and plans to launch to buyers at this week’s European Film Market in Berlin. More news is expected to emerge in the coming weeks, so stick with We Got This Covered for any and all future announcements.