Principal photography is set to begin August 16 on “The Sense of an Ending,” with a quartet of leading ladies including Charlotte Rampling (a potential awards contender for “45 Years”), Harriet Walter, Emily Mortimer and Michelle Dockery now part of a cast led by Jim Broadbent, who plays a divorced retiree.
Penned by Nick Payne, whose Broadway play “Constellations” led by Jake Gyllenhaal got a Tony nomination, the film is lifted from the 2011 novel by Julian Barnes that follows Tony as he receives an unexpected letter from a lawyer that forces him to confront his own past — and unfulfilling present — including the suicide of his childhood best friend. The film marks Payne’s first screenplay.
Director Ritesh Batra nabbed attention at Cannes 2013 with his Critics’ Week drama “The Lunchbox,” released by Sony Pictures Classics in February 2014 and a 2015 BAFTA nominee. His cast will also be joined by Billy Howle, Freya Mavor and Joe Alwyn. BBC Films, LipSync Productions and FilmNation Entertainment are financing the film. FilmNation has acquired worldwide rights ex-UK TV. Shooting takes place over seven weeks on location in London and Bristol.