Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Jessie Buckley and Peter Sarsgaard have all been cast in Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut ‘The Lost Daughter’.

Gyllenhaal also wrote the script which is based on a novel by Elena Ferrante. It tells the story of a divorced, middle-aged mother and English professor named Leda (Colman) who becomes consumed by Nina (Johnson) and her young daughter, as she watches them on the beach. Unnerved by their compelling relationship, and their raucous and menacing extended family, she becomes overwhelmed by her own memories of the terror, confusion and intensity of early motherhood. Forced to consider the unconventional choices she made as a young mother and the consequences they had for her family, she begins to unravel. Lost in ways she can’t explain, she finds herself caught in the strange and ominous world of her own mind.

The actress turned director also produced the film alongside Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren via their banner Pie Films. Charlie Dorfman will also produce. Endeavor Content is financing along with Dorfman via his Samuel Marshall Productions.

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Colman can currently be seen in Netflix series ‘The Crown’, she also stars in ‘The Father’ alongside Anthony Hopkins, which had its premiere at Sundance in January.

Buckley can currently be seen in ‘Dolittle’ alongside Robert Downey Jr, her upcoming projects include ‘Ironbark’.

Johnson was last seen in ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’, her upcoming projects include ‘The Friend’ and ‘The Nowhere Inn’.

Sarsgaard can currently be seen in ‘Mr. Jones’, he will also appear in Matt Reeves ‘The Batman’ in the role of District Attorney Gil Colson.