Director Lenny Abrahamson and actor Domhnall Gleeson have both come a long way since their last collaboration, on 2014's critically acclaimed black comedy Frank.

These days, Abrahamson is an Oscar nominated filmmaker, thanks to the phenomenal success of Room, and Gleeson is one of the stars of the biggest US box-office hit of all time, Star Wars: The Force Awakens - he's also in The Last Jedi, coming this Christmas.

Now the duo are reuniting with Dublin-based company Element Pictures (who produced both Frank and Room) for a big-screen adaptation of Sarah Waters' Booker Prize nominated novel The Little Stranger. 

Screenwriter Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl) has adapted Waters' novel, a gothic tale set in post-WWII Britain; Gleeson will portray a doctor revisiting a crumbling stately home where his mother once worked as a nursemaid. While the owners suggest the house is haunted, the doctor becomes increasingly obsessed with marrying their daughter (Ruth Wilson, from TV's The Affair), with dark consequences.

Abrahamson (far left) and Gleeson (second from left)withFrank co-star Michael Fassbender and Ryan Tubridy

Abrahamson and Element are developing a number of projects for the filmmaker, who most recently directed a pair of episodes of Hugh Laurie's new TV project Chance, from adaptations of Laird Hunt’s Civil War novel Neverhome and a biography of boxer Emile Griffith, to collaborations with playwright Enda Walsh and a reunion with Abrahamson's Adam & Paul and Garage collaborator Mark O’Halloran.

Gleeson, in the meantime, has a number of projects set for release in coming months, starring alongside Tom Cruise in Doug Lyman's American Made, and Jennifer Lawrence in Darren Aronofsky's Mother! He also portrays Winnie The Pooh author A.A. Milne in Goodbye Christopher Robin, co-starring Margot Robbie and already touted as a potential 2018 awards contender.

The Little Stranger is set to go before the cameras later this year.