The Lost Daughter stars Jessie Buckley and Olivia Colman have been cast opposite each other in a big-screen comedy called Wicked Little Letters, which is based on a true story.

US entertainment trade publication Deadline reports that the actors will play "very different neighbours who come together to solve a mystery".

Deadline continues: "Buckley will be fiery Rose Gooding who has little in common with the pious Edith Swan (Colman) aside from them being neighbours in the seaside town of Littlehampton in the 1920s.

"One day, Edith and others in the town start receiving scandalous letters written with foul language as eccentric as it is obscene, and the finger of suspicion immediately falls on Rose.

"As Rose stands to lose her freedom and the custody of her daughter, and outrageous letters continue to blight the town, police officer Gladys Moss begins to suspect something is amiss.

"Together with a group of resourceful women, Gladys endeavours to solve the mystery, liberate Rose, and catch the real culprit."

Wicked Little Letters will be directed by Thea Sharrock who previously made The One and Only Ivan and Me Before You.

Thea Sharrock

"Wicked Little Letters is a divine comedy with a profoundly moving core. Hilarious, witty, joyous and based on a true story as relevant today as it was 100 years ago," said Sharrock.

"Watching this film will be like hitting your funny bone; when the tears of pain and laughter are impossible to separate.

"Olivia Colman is hilarious, brilliant and brave. In the part of Edith, she will continue to show her extraordinary dexterity as an actor with her unique ability to make us fall in love with her.

In Jessie Buckley we have cast the actress everybody wants to see; her ferociously strong energy will explode the character of Rose onto our screens.

"Following The Lost Daughter, our film reunites two of the world's most exciting, accessible, fun and wild actresses."

Buckley and Colman were Oscar-nominated in March for their performances in The Lost Daughter, with Buckley playing Colman's character as a younger woman. The film is available on Netflix.

Wicked Little Letters is due to go into production in the autumn.

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