The Lobster director, Yorgos Lanthimos, has added another name to the already impressive cast of his next film, The Favourite.
Two Academy Award winners have already signed up – Emma Stone (La La Land) and Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener) – and they’ll be starring alongside Broadchurch‘s Olivia Colman in the story of Queen Anne, the last of the Stuart monarchs. The latest addition to the cast is Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies).
He’ll be playing Robert Harley, the Tory Party leader during Anne’s reign at the start of the 18th century. Weisz is set to play Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, one of Queen Anne’s closest confidantes, while Stone will be Abigail Masham, a poverty-stricken distant relative of Sarah’s, who is suddenly given a position at court, resulting in a shifting balance of power between the two women.
Lanthimos’ previous film, The Lobster, was nominated for a number of awards, including Best Original Screenplay at this year’s Oscars. Hoult’s next appearance on screen – voice only – will be in the TV miniseries of Watership Down as the voice of Fiver. He stars alongside Gemma Arterton and John Boyega in this latest adaptation of the Richard Adams’ classic. And he’s also just finished working with Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon on The Current War, where he plays Nicholas Tesla.
Weisz will next be seen in The Mercy, based on the story of yachtsman Donald Crowhurst, with Colin Firth and David Thewlis. After that comes Disobedience with Rachel McAdams. And Lanthimos’ latest, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, is scheduled for later in the year.