Emilia Clarke To Play Oscar Wilde’s Wife Constance Lloyd In Sophie Hyde’s ‘An Ideal Wife’

In An Ideal Wife directed by Sophie Hyde of Good Luck, Leo Grande, Emilia Clarke is set to play Constance Lloyd, an Irish playwright who was married to Oscar Wilde.

The film, the narrative of which is yet unknown, is represented by Embankment Films (“The Father,” “The Son”) and will be shopped during this week’s American Film Market, which begins on Tuesday.

An Ideal Wife will shed light on Lloyd, a feminist activist, and author who was a part of the dress reform movement, which advocated for women to wear comfortable attire rather than the suffocating Victorian costumes of the day.

In 1884, Lloyd married Wilde, and the couple had two sons. However, after Wilde was sentenced to two years in prison for homosexuality, which was still illegal at the time (it was only decriminalized in England and Wales in 1967), Lloyd relocated to Switzerland with their children, separating them from the writer.

The project will be Hyde’s follow-up to Good Luck, Leo Grande, which starred Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack and premiered at Sundance and the Berlinale. Searchlight released the film in the United States.

52 Tuesdays, Hyde’s feature debut, received the ‘Best Director’ award at Sundance and a Crystal Bear at Berlin Film Festival, while her sophomore film Animals also played at Sundance and won ‘Best Debut Screenplay’ at the British Independent Film Awards.

Emilia Clarke’s next projects include Václav Marhoul‘s film McCarthy about the notorious American senator Joseph McCarthy, in which she will co-star with Michael Shannon.

Pam MacKinnon‘s Clybourne Park starring Sarah Paulson, Anthony Mackie, and Martin Freeman; Frances O’Connor‘s Emily featuring Emma Mackey as author Emily Bront; and Florian Zeller’s The Son starring Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, and Vanessa Kirby, are also on Embankment Films’ slate.


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