Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) has signed on to star in an apocalyptic thriller titled The End We Start From. Mahalia Belo (The Long Song) will direct the project while Benedict Cumberbatch will executive produce. The film will be an adaptation of Megan Hunter‘s 2017 novel of the same name.
The End We Start From is described as a feminist survival story set in London during an environmental crisis. It focuses on a young family torn apart in an apocalyptic flood, with Comer set to play the mother of a newborn baby who attempts to navigate the treacherous waters and return home.
British screenwriter Alice Birch, who has worked on HBO’s Succession, has written the script. Comer will also produce alongside Cumberbatch, Sébastien Raybaud, Cecile Gaget, and Eva Yates. Leah Clarke and Adam Ackland from Cumberbatch’s production company SunnyMarch will also produce, as will Liza Marshall, Sophie Hunter, and Amy Jackson from Hera Pictures.
The producers said in a joint statement:
“The End We Start From is very close to our hearts. Megan’s heart-wrenching novel, and Alice’s wonderful adaptation, present a story about motherhood, separation, social and environmental upheaval, and those primal instincts in us which draw moments of joy and inspiration out of the chaos.
We are incredibly excited to have Mahalia and Jodie lead this talented creative team in making what we know will be a resonant, riveting film.”
Comer is best known for playing the lead in Killing Eve, which concluded last month. The series won her the first of her two BAFTA Television Awards for Best Actress, with the second coming earlier this year for her lead role in television film Help.
Comer also recently had roles in Ridley Scott‘s The Last Duel and Shawn Levy‘s comedy Free Guy. She’s currently prepping to play the lead in Adam McKay‘s HBO drama series Big Swiss. She’s an acclaimed actress potentially on the verge of superstardom if the right role comes around. Maybe The End We Start From is that role.