John Crowley‘s “Brooklyn” is filled with many pleasures, starting with Saorise Ronan‘s Oscar-nominated lead performance. But the actress is surrounded by a terrific array of supporting turns by Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, and more, but none are quite so memorable as Julie Walters‘ memorable role as Mrs. Keogh, the woman who runs the boarding house that is Eilis’ first home in Brooklyn. And that character will now serve as the lead in a spinoff series from the film.
Screen Daily reports that BAFTA producers Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey are developing a series that will revolve around Mrs. Keogh, her boarding house, and the girls who stay there. And it’s a terrific idea. Rumblings of a series first surfaced last fall, but it was unclear what it would be about, but the concept of English, Irish, and American girls passing through Mrs. Keogh’s humble, but strict doors, is a lovely one. In fact, the idea was pitched to Colm Toibin, the author of the book on which the movie is based, before the film had a script.
While nothing is confirmed, producers are optimistic Walters will return and reprise her role. The project is out to writers at the moment, but serious movement won’t be starting until the film wraps up its theatrical run, and has bowed on home video.