Eva Green & Gemma Arterton Set to Star in ‘Vita & Virginia’user 7 months ago
Eva Green and Gemma Arterton to star in Chanya Button’s “Vita & Virginia,” with Protagonist Pictures launching it to buyers at Berlin’s European Film Market this week. The biopic ”Vita & Virginia ” looks at the friendship and love affair between Virginia Woolf (Eva Green) and Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton), which was the inspiration for Woolf’s novel “Orlando.”
Button said: “Focusing on the time in 1927-8 during which Woolf wrote ‘Orlando‘, the novel their relationship inspired, ‘Vita & Virginia ‘ will be a visceral love story, a vivid exploration of creativity, and an energised perspective on one of our most iconic writers.” Button also added: “We so often associate woman od the past with oppression, bound by the duties of marriage, propriety and domesticity; but what ‘Vita & Virginia’ offers, is an example of a relationship where bold, brilliant women bent theses institutions to their will at great personal cost.”
Button made her feature debut in 2015 with “Burn Burn Burn,” co -wrote the screenplay with Eileen Atkins which is based on her stage play of the same name, which debuted in 1992. In 1912 Virginia Stephen married Leonard Woolf, and in 1922 met socialite and author Vita Sackville-West, the wife of Harold Nicolson. The pair began a sexual relationship that lasted almost a decade, according to their various letters and diary entries. After their affair had ended, the women remained friends until Woolf’s death in 1941.
Katie Holly from Blinder Films and Evangelo Kioussis from Mirror Productions are producing the film, with Simon Baxter from Mirror will executive produce the film alongside Green and Arterton.
Green’s latest work includes Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, White Bird in a Blizzard and has a slew of new projects lined up including Euphoria which she will star alongside Alicia Vikander and Roman Polanski’s Base on a True Story. Arterton’s latest work includes Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest with Sam Claflin and The Escape with Dominic Cooper. Protagonist CEO Mick Goodridge said:
“We just love this witty and evocative screenplay by Eileen Atkins and Chanya Button. This is a playful and sexual Virginia Woolf, far removed from the gloom often associated with her, and Vita Sackville-West is a vivacious and flamboyant Character who dominates high society in London in the 1920s.” Goodridge added: “Embodied by the glorious actresses Eva Green and Gemma Arterton and directed by the inspired Chanya, we believe Vita & Virginia will be warmly embraced around the world.”