EXCLUSIVE: As principal photography gets under way on the big screen adaptation of NJ Crisp’s 1996 stage play, That Good Night, the cast has been rounded out by British actress Erin Richards (Gotham) and Sweden’s Sofia Helin (The Snowman, The Bridge). John Hurt and Max Brown (Agent Carter) were previously set in the Eric Styles-helmed drama.
The film, which takes its name from the Dylan Thomas poem, follows Ralph (Hurt), a famed screenwriter coming to terms with his impending death. As he does so, he resolves to attempt two final missions in life: to be reconciled with his long-lost son (Brown), and to ensure he doesn’t become a burden to his wife Anna (Helin), by hiring a mysterious visitor to help him pass painlessly into that good night.
Penned by theater director and writer, Charles Savage, the film will shoot for five weeks on the Algarve coastline of Portugal. The producer of original stage play, Alan Latham, will produce with Savage. Latham’s GSP Studios is financing with Red Rock Entertainment and Goldfinch Entertainment. GSP Studios International is handling worldwide sales.
Styles says, “I’m looking forward to bringing this bittersweet, thought-provoking drama to the big screen. Charles Savage has crafted a beautifully nuanced script and I am very lucky to have such a brilliant cast and crew to help bring this story to life.”
Behind-the-camera talent includes DP Richard Stoddard (Doctor Who); costume designer Charlotte Morris (Legends); hair and make-up designer Lesley Lamont Fisher (Indian Summers) and production designer Humphrey Jaeger (Hetty Feather). Exec producers are Paul Ward, Julian Hicks and Gary Collins.