The Danish filmmaker will adapt Lissa Evans’ novel Their Finest Hour and a Half, the 2009 Orange Prize-nominated tale about “the misadventures of a British movie crew trying to make a patriotic film to boost morale after the Blitz during World War II,” according to Deadline. Shooting is to begin next summer. The script will be written by Gabby Chiappe.
In talks to star are Lily James (Lady Rose on Downton Abbey) and Sam Claflin, who stars in The Riot Club.
Scherfig’s latest completed film explores an ultra-exclusive society at already tony Oxford University, where the future leaders of the world learn to be unrepentant assholes — and maybe learn that they can get away with murder with the right connections. It debuted last month in the UK and is currently awaiting an US release date.