In exciting casting news, actresses Eva Green and Gemma Arterton have been cast in a new biopic about famed author Virginia Woolf. It follows her love affair with Vita Sackville-West, a poet and novelist, during the late 1920s. Titled Vita and Virginia, Green has been cast as Woolf, whilst Arterton will be playing Sackville-West.
The relationship has long drawn widespread interest amongst literature fans and scholars, acknowledged as being one of the key inspirations behind Woolf’s best known novel Orlando. As a same-sex affair whilst the two were both married to others, it was kept secret but the two exchanged many love letters which have since become public. Their affair became the inspiration for a 1993 play by Dame Eileen Atkins, president of the Virginia Woolf Society, which in turn is due to become the basis for this new film.
Vita and Virginia boasts a mostly-female production crew, with Dame Atkins co-writing the script and Chanya Button directing. Chanya Button is gaining profile as a new British talent, releasing her first film in 2015, an indie drama titled Burn Burn Burn. With this being her second film, she’s spoken of her passion of Woolf’s writing and the influence it’s had on her life. Arterton and Green have both signed up to executive produce as well, enthused by the information they’ve been sent so far.
Gemma Arterton has long entranced British audiences with her versatility, starring in fun comedies such as Tamara Drewe to dark fantasy Byzantium. Likewise Eva Green, with her rich voice and dramatic style, has all the potential to truly bring out the best in a much discussed figure such as Virginia Woolf.
The film will be set in 1927 to 1928, and is planned to be a rich and vibrant period drama. It’s estimated to start filming next month, with a view to have it ready for Berlin Film Festival in February 2018.