‘Gangs of London’ star Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù has joined the cast of drama ‘Mothering Sunday’ alongside Olivia Colman, Colin Firth, Josh O’Connor and Odessa Young.

The film centres on March 30, 1924 in Beechwood, England. Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young), a maid in the Niven household, has the day off to celebrate Mothering Sunday while Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman) attend a lunch to celebrate the engagement of their neighbour’s only remaining son, Paul (Josh O’Connor).

Although Jane rejoices at her freedom on an unseasonably hot, beautiful spring day, she has no mother to go to—and for almost seven years she has, joyfully and without shame, been Paul’s lover. Like the Nivens, Paul belongs to England’s old-monied social class, whereas Jane was orphaned at birth. With the house conveniently empty, they can finally meet in Paul’s bedroom for the first time. Today will be their last as lovers. It is also the day that will mark the beginning of Jane’s transformation.

Dìrísù will play the role of Donald, a significant figure in Jane’s later life.

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Directed by Eva Husson and based on the critically acclaimed and best-selling novel of the same name by Graham Swift, the story has been adapted by ‘Normal People’s Alice Birch.

Producers Elizabeth Karlsen & Stephen Woolley commented: “We’ve been following Ṣọpẹ́’s career as an actor in theatre, film and television for some time – he gave a standout performance as Biff in Marianne Elliot’s Death of a Salesman, and along with director Eva Husson we believe he will make a fantastic Donald in Alice Birch’s adaptation of Graham’s novel. His versatility and skill will be a great asset in playing a character whose age range spans across two decades, and we are very excited to add him to an already exceedingly talented cast.”

The film has a planned theatrical release of 2021.