Eva Green and Gemma Arterton will star in new Virginia Woolf lesbian love story.
Entitled Vita and Virginia, the film celebrates the love affair of one of Britain’s most beloved writers.
Green plays Virginia Woolf and Arterton plays Vita Sackville-West, showcasing a secret lesbian romance while both women were married to men.
The film is set in 1926/7, around the same time Woolf was writing Orlando – the story of a man who suddenly wakes up as a woman.
Arterton (Prince of Persia, Hansel and Gretel, Quantum of Solace) is a strong supporter of women’s rights, starring in Made in Dagenham.
The stage play follows the lives of women during the women’s movement in 1960s London.
French actress Green (Casino Royale, 300: Rise of an Empire) was so convinced by the story of Virginia Woolf she felt compelled to play the character.
The film is directed by Chanya Button, who made her feature debut in 2015 with Burn Burn Burn.
Button said: ‘We so often associate women of the past with oppression, bound by the duties of marriage, propriety and domesticity,’ she told Screen Daily.
‘But what Vita & Virginia offers is an example of a relationship where bold, brilliant women bent these institutions to their will at great personal cost.
‘Vita and Virginia will be a visceral love story, a vivid exploration of creativity, and an energised perspective on one of our most iconic writers.’
The movie is hoping to take the perception of Virginia Woolf away from her infamous suicide and reimagine her as a sexual and powerful woman.
Production company Protagonist Pictures will take the film to the European Film Market in Berlin this week.
CEO of Protagonist Pictures, Mike Goodridge said: ‘This is a playful and sexual Virginia Woolf, far removed from the gloom often associated with her.
‘Vita Sackville-West is a vivacious and flamboyant character who dominates high society in London in the 1920s.’