Veteran actor and motion-capture artist Andy Serkis – the man behind Caesar, King Kong, and Supreme Leader Snoke to name but a few – is now turning his hand at directing, with his forthcoming debut, Breathe.
Starring Golden Globe-winning star of Netflix’s The Crown, Claire Foy, alongside Academy Award nominee Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge, Silence), the moving drama will be penned by Les Misérables‘ William Nicholson, also an Oscar nominee.
Breathe will be produced by the BFI and BBC Films, and distributed across the UK and Ireland by STX International this October, so an Opening Night Gala slot at this year’s BFI London Film Festival could very much be on the cards.
Here’s the first official still from the film, in addition to the official synopsis…
Handsome, adventurous and brilliant, Robin (Andrew Garfield) has his whole life ahead of him when he is paralysed by polio. Against all advice, Robin’s beautiful wife Diana (Claire Foy) brings him home; where her devotion, intimacy and witty determination transcends his disability and sets him free. Together they refuse to be imprisoned by his suffering; transforming the lives of others with their humour, courage and lust for life. BREATHE is a heart-warming and highly emotional celebration of bravery and human possibility; where deep friendship is rooted in honesty and seeing the funny side of life. A love story about living every breath as though it’s your last.
Hugh Bonneville and Tom Hollander will also star in Serkis’ film, which opens in cinemas nationwide on 27th October.