National treasure, Emma Thompson has joined the cast of the all-female take on the coming-of-age fantasy-drama ‘The Lost Girls’.
Ellen Burstyn is also joining the ensemble cast on the feature which is a take on the classic Peter Pan story by J.M. Barrie. Also, starring is Thompson’s daughter Gaia Wise. Livia De Paolis will adapt the story as well as direct and star.
The story will chronicle four generations of Darling women as they struggle in the aftermath of their adventures with Peter Pan in Neverland. The film will follow how Wendy (De Paolis) struggles to retain her creative spirit after her fantastical journeys with Pan.
Like her grandmother (Burstyn) and her mother Jane (Thompson in a cameo role), Wendy must escape Pan’s hold on her and the promises he desperately wants her to keep. As her daughter Berry (Wise) comes into Peter’s orbit, Wendy must fight to save her relationship with her daughter while reconciling her legacy.
De Paolis said, “I have been fascinated with the hidden meanings of fairy tales since childhood, so when I read Laurie Fox’s novel The Lost Girls I was immediately on board with the way she reinvents J.M. Barrie’s timeless fairytale for a contemporary audience.”
Thompson was last seen in ‘Late Night’ and ‘Men in Black: International’. She will next star in ‘Last Christmas’ alongside Emilia Clarke. Her upcoming projects include ‘The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle’ and ‘Cruella’.
Wise has appeared in two movies to date, both starring Thompson: ‘A Walk in the Woods’ and ‘Last Chance Harvey’. ‘The Lost Girls’ will mark her biggest role to date.