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Emilia Clarke to Play Oscar Wilde’s Spouse and Irish Writer, Constance Lloyd, in Sophie Hyde’s ‘An Preferrred Spouse’ (EXCLUSIVE)


Emilia Clarke is ready to star as Constance Lloyd, an Irish creator who was married to Oscar Wilde, in “An Preferrred Spouse,” directed by “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande” helmer Sophie Hyde.

The mission, for which plot particulars are nonetheless being saved beneath wraps, is repped by Embankment Movies (“The Father,” “The Son”) and will probably be shopped at this week’s American Movie Market, which kicks off on Tuesday.

“An Preferrred Spouse” will make clear Lloyd, who was an creator and feminist activist who took half within the gown reform motion, which campaigned to permit ladies to decorate in snug clothes moderately than the stifling Victorian attire of the period. Lloyd married Wilde in 1884 and the couple had two sons. Nevertheless, after Wilde obtained a two-year jail time period for homosexuality, which was nonetheless unlawful on the time (it could solely be decriminalized in England and Wales in 1967), Lloyd moved to Switzerland with their youngsters, and distanced them from the author.

“An Preferrred Spouse” will mark Hyde’s follow-up to “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande,” which starred Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack and just about premiered at Sundance and screened on the Berlinale. The pic was launched domestically by Searchlight. Hyde’s characteristic debut, “52 Tuesdays,” received greatest director at Sundance and garnered a Crystal Bear prize at Berlin. Her sophomore outing, “Animals,” additionally performed at Sundance and received greatest debut screenplay on the British Unbiased Movie Awards.

“An Preferrred Spouse” is being produced by Olivier Delbosc at Paris-based Curiosa Movies (“Stars at Midday”), Chris Curling (“Falling”) at Zephyr Movies within the U.Okay. and Matthew Gledhill (“Madame”) at Wheelhouse Productions.

Clarke’s upcoming initiatives embody “McCarthy,” Václav Marhoul’s movie in regards to the disgraced American senator Joseph McCarthy, through which she’s going to star reverse Michael Shannon.

Embankment Movies’ slate additionally contains Pam MacKinnon’s “Clybourne Park,” starring Sarah Paulson, Anthony Mackie and Martin Freeman; Frances O’Connor’s “Emily,” starring Emma Mackey as the author Emily Brontë; and Florian Zeller’s “The Son” starring Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern and Vanessa Kirby.

 

Emilia Clarke to Play Oscar Wilde’s Spouse and Irish Writer, Constance Lloyd, in Sophie Hyde’s ‘An Preferrred Spouse’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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