Focus Features has announced that it has picked up the rights to The Little Stranger, the next film from Room director Lenny Abrahamson, which has been scripted by Lucinda Coxton (The Danish Girl). Described as “a chilling ghost story”, the film will star Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Charlotte Rampling (Assassin’s Creed), Ruth Wilson (The Affair) and Will Poulter (The Revenant).
According to Deadline, the film takes place in post-World War II Britain “where a doctor (Gleeson) revisits a crumbling great house called Hundreds Halls where his mother once worked as a nurse maid. The owners are losing the house because they can’t afford the taxes, even though they say the home is haunted by the malevolent ghost of their mother’s first-born daughter. The doctor becomes obsessed with marrying one of the owner’s daughters (Wilson), and bad things happen.”
Production on The Little Stranger is set to get underway in the UK this summer and is slated for release in 2018.