Good Grief, the feature directorial debut from Dan Levy (Schitt’s Creek, Happiest Season), has stacked its cast with a number of talented actors.
Ruth Negga (Loving), Himesh Patel (Yesterday), and Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast) have all joined the film, which is in development at Netflix.
The film is a drama that revolves around a man named Marc Dreyfus, who has chosen to distract himself from the loss of his mother with a comfortable marriage. But when his husband also dies unexpectedly, Marc is forced to finally confront the grief he’s tried so hard to avoid, sending him and his two closest friends on a Parisian weekend of self discovery.
Levy is directing from a script he also wrote, and this is the first project under his Not A Real Production Company deal with Netflix. Levy will also produce alongside Megan Zehmer, Stacey Snider, Kate Fenske, and Debra Hayward.
He said in a statement: “Good Grief is a cautionary tale about friendship and loss and all the mess that comes with it when the truth is something you’ve evaded for most of your life. It’s funny, it’s bittersweet, it’s a project that has helped me work through my own grief. And I hope it does the same for other people as well.”
Levy has often been the best part of anything he’s in, so it will be interesting to see how he transfers that wit and charm to writing/directing. In front of the camera, he’s currently filming Disney’s Haunted Mansion reboot and will have a main role in The Weekend‘s upcoming HBO series The Idol.
Negga was last seen in another Netflix film, Rebecca Hall‘s drama Passing, which earned her a host of award nominations at the end of last year. She starred alongside Daniel Craig in a Broadway adaptation of William Shakespeare‘s Macbeth earlier this year.
Patel was recently see in satire Don’t Look Up and miniseries Station Eleven. He’s currently filming comedy mystery Providence alongside Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lily James.
Evans appeared in Robert Zemeckis‘ Pinocchio remake earlier this year, and will star in Mark Boal‘s upcoming Apple TV+ drama series Echo 3.