Florence Pugh, who starred alongside Maisie Williams in The Falling, has landed the lead role in Lady Macbeth, a 19th Century period drama telling a tale of forbidden passion and murder. Lady Macbeth is the first feature to go into production from last years iFeatures initiative.
19 year old Florence, (represented by Tavistock Wood), plays Katherine, a young woman brought up in the wilds of Northumberland, who finds herself childless and friendless, stifled by her marriage of convenience to a rich local industrialist twice her age. Tired of the vast house she shares with her detached husband and father-in-law, Katherine’s interests become piqued by Sebastian, a worker on her husband’s estate.
Florence made her screen debut in The Falling, she was spotted after the casting directors came to her boarding school in Oxford. She is the sister of Game of Thrones actor Toby Sebastian.
Cosmo Jarvis (represented by The Artists Partnership) plays Katherine’s paramour, Sebastian. Cosmo recently appeared in Spooks: The Greater Good. As Sebastian, he unlocks a fearsome passion in Katherine. As their illicit affair begins to sour, Katherine’s primal nature emerges with such force that Sebastian’s elation is soon tempered, realising that she will stop at nothing to keep hold of him.
Written by up-and-coming playwright Alice Birch (winner of the 2014 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright), Lady Macbeth is directed by award-winning shorts director William Oldroyd.
Production has started on Lady Macbeth on location in County Durham, and the four-week shoot will wrap on 17th October, with release slated for 2016.