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Olivia Colman will be headlining Sam Mendes' next project.

The Crown


was recruited to star in

Empire of Light

, the Oscar-winning director's newest feature, and her

critically acclaimed

first film since



It will also be the first collaboration between the actress and the filmmaker.

Described as a love story set in (and around) a magnificent cinema in England in the 1980s,

Empire of Light

will be produced by Neal Street Productions, the company of Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris, and distributed by Searchlight Pictures.

The director will team up again with his director of




, the legendary Roger Deakins, who won an Oscar for best photo for the war film.

Prestige team

According to Deadline, Sam Mendes took his time choosing his new film after the absolute hit of


($ 384 million in box office receipts and 10 Oscar nominations).

Olivia Colman, for her part, is coming out of a prosperous period when, in addition to her first Oscar for

The Favorite

, she was rewarded with numerous awards for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in

The Crown


She will also be nominated again at the Oscars this year for the trophy for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for

The Father


The release date of

Empire of Light

is not yet known

, as the film is still in its early stages of development, but it should hit theaters in 2022. And with such a team, it will win. naturally as one of the most anticipated films of the next year.


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