Olivier winners Denise Gough and Fiona Shaw will appear in the upcoming film Colette. Deadline reports that the two join Keira Knightley and Dominic West in the Wash Westmoreland-helmed project, which explores the life of the French novelist.
Gough won an Olivier Award in 2016 for her performance in People, Places and Things; the Duncan Macmillan play will cross the pond for an engagement at Brooklyn’s St. Ann’s Warehouse beginning in October. Shaw’s stage credits include The Testament of Mary on Broadway and Scenes from an Execution at London’s National Theatre. The stage and screen actor won Olivier Awards for her performances in Electra and Machinal.
The film, written by Westmoreland and the late Richard Glatzer and set to be released in 2018, follows Gabrielle Sidonie Colette (Knightley), who experienced a creative and sexual awakening in Paris in the late 19th century. There, she began to write novels under her husband’s nom-de-plums, Willy (West). As her writing gained popularity, her marriage to Willy dwindled.
In addition to Gough and Shaw, Game of Thrones alum Robert Pugh and Rebecca Root, a trans actor and comedian, have also joined the cast. No word yet on the roles the four will play.