‘Room’ Director Lenny Abrahamson Begins Shooting Follow-Up ‘The Little Stranger’ | Film News
Lenny Abrahamson has begun shooting his follow-up to the Oscar-winning drama Room, currently titled The Little Stranger. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Susan Walters, and stars Domnhall Gleeson, Ruth Wilson, Will Poulter and Charlotte Rampling, with the screenplay written by Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl).
While Abrahamson has recently been a reliable director of dramas such as the aforementioned Room, alongside What Richard Did and Frank, The Little Stranger contains elements of supernatural horror.
The film is set in 1940 during a long, hot summer, and focuses on Dr. Faraday (Gleeson), who is called to the mansion where his mother once worked, only to find the resident family is being haunted by a presence.
The book, published in 2009, garnered praise for its ability to combine an effective gothic ghost story with themes relating to the social upheaval in the class system during Britain’s post-war years. The film is shooting in various locations just outside London, as well as Yorkshire, with filming set to last around 10 weeks.
The film currently doesn’t have a release date, but distribution rights have already been settled in the UK, US, France and Switzerland. With Room plunging Abrahamson under a larger microscope, it’ll be interesting to see what he has in store for us next. With acclaimed source material on his hands and an excellent cast, there’s plenty to be excited about.