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Rachel Weisz Replaces Kate Winslet In Yorgos Lanthimos’ Period Drama ‘The Favourite’

Rachel Weisz Replaces Kate Winslet In Yorgos Lanthimos’ Period Drama ‘The Favourite’

A few days ago, I noted that Rachel Weisz was lining up a role in “The Lobster” director Yorgos Lanthimos‘ brewing period drama “The Favorite.” What I didn’t realize was that while her name was on IMDB for the project, nothing had been formally announced. Clearly I needed more coffee. But indeed, it looks like she’s reteaming with the Greek director.

Deadline reports that the actress in talks to join the film alongside Emma Stone and Olivia Colman, replacing Kate Winslet who was originally cast in the film. A turn toward the conventional for Lanthimos, the script is by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, with the 17th century set story finding Colman all dressed up as Queen Anne, with Weisz as Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, and Stone as Sarah’s distant relative Abigail, with the tale detailing the various political machinations of royalty. 

So, get your corsets ready. Production will begin next spring.

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