Rufus Sewell and Olivia Williams star in the black comedy The Trouble With Jessica.
Shirley Henderson (Stan & Ollie), Indira Varma (This Way Up) and Alan Tudyk (Subburgatory, Dodgeball) co-starred in the independent film.
Shot in London this spring, the film is being written by director Matt Winn and his regular screenwriter partner, James Handel, which British Comedy Guide can exclusively reveal.
“I just did a very dark British comedy,” Sewell said The only show in July. “Certainly it’s very dark, called The Trouble With Jessica, with me and Olivia Williams playing my wife.”
He neglected to share the details of the plot. But the feature film, produced by Sarah Sulick for Bright Pictures, has been described as “intense but fun”.
Sewell and Williams recently appeared in a dementia drama together The father, alongside Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman and Mark Gatiss.
Neither are known for their comedic roles. However, Williams appeared as herself in the upcoming UK remake of the French comedy-drama Call My Agent !, appeared in two episodes of Friends like Joey’s love interest and briefly parodied her Sixth Sense performance in an episode of Spaced.
Sewell, arguably best known for playing John Smith, America’s Nazi leader in an alternative historical drama The man in the high castle, appeared in the 1995 BBC adaptation of Cold comfort farm and portrayed the dissolute artist Declan Howell in the American comedy-drama on a fictional stand-up, The wonderful Mrs. Maisel.
“If I had one thing I’m good at, it would be comedy,” he told America’s National Public Radio in 2017. “I mean, beware of what the cast is doing. say they love to do, obviously – it’s not always a pleasure to watch people in their dream roles – but for me it’s the thing I love to do the most, and I’m probably the best .
“So yeah, actually it’s completely my bag, I don’t do it very often. Maybe because of my bone structure and my hair coloring and the previous casting.”
He previously starred in Winn’s 2013 social satire short, The Brunchers, alongside Natalie Dormer and Tom Burke.
Winn’s credits include the 2017 YouTube comedy series Bad Mother, which starred Laura Patch in the title role, as the mother who gets it wrong in a world where everyone seems to get it right.
Foreign resident star Tudyk, who appeared alongside Sewell in the 2001 near-medieval adventure comedy The story of a knight, shared a photo of their reunion while filming:
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