Benedict Cumberbatch, Noah Jupe and Laura Dern have boarded Justin Kurzel’s sci-fi drama ‘Morning’ for Hanway.
Plot details state the project is set in a near-future where society has a pill that does away with the need to sleep. With the added help of an artificial sun, there is no end to morning daylight, living and work. However, as a young generation grows up deprived of the world of sleep, they consider rebelling to reclaim their dreams.
Dern takes on the role of the ambitious and driven Cathy who is an early advocate of a sleepless world, but as she and her son Danny – played by Jupe – pick up the pieces of their lives following the death of her husband Frank -played by Cumberbatch – she finds the universe she helped to build is starting to crumble around her, whilst memories she fought so hard to repress are bleeding into her waking life. As Danny is further drawn into a subversive underworld of dreamers, Cathy must confront her nightmares and fight hard not to lose her son.
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Sam Steiner has penned the screenplay which was initially picked up by Cumberbatchs’ SunnyMarch. SunnyMarch’s Leah Clarke will produce alongside Adam Ackland.
Adam Ackland said: “Morning is a joyful, reflective, and defiant story about a reality not so far from our own where a preoccupation with productivity has destroyed our ability to connect, grieve and love. We cannot wait to see this incredibly talented cast and creative team headed by Justin, Laura and Noah bring Sam’s brilliantly original script to life.”