Elizabeth Debicki (Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Night Manager) will play famed writer Virginia Woolf in the upcoming period drama Vita & Virginia, based on the love letters send between Woolf and Vita Sackville-West.
Isabella Rossellini has also joined the cast in an as-yet unnamed role. Gemma Arterton is already attached to play Vita, and the film will be the sophomore directorial feature of Chanya Button (Burn, Burn, Burn).
The film will be an adaptation of the play by Eilenn Atkins, who co-wrote the script with Button. The film will tell the story of Woolf and Sackville-West’s affair, which has been cited as the primary inspiration for Woolf’s classic, Orlando.
Button said in a statement: “Vita & Virginia will be a fresh, provocative study of creativity, passion, sex and sexuality; and it offers an exciting opportunity to bring the story behind the creation of Orlando, one of Virginia Woolf’s greatest works to life in a bold, vivid, contemporary way.
With my lifelong passion for Woolf’s writing, it is a great privilege to be working with such brilliant women as Gemma and Elizabeth, to bring the lives of Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf to the screen”.
Principle photography is set to begin in Ireland in September.