If you love Noel Coward, then there’s much excitement at the prospect of new movie Noel, which is, apparently, in development and set for a September 2021 shoot.
The story is billed as the “unknown and extraordinary true story” of how Sir Noel became a self-styled Great British icon of wit and sophistication, winning his place in the upper echelons of high society and emerged a legendary playwright and international superstar despite his humble beginnings.
So not much detail, but we are excited!
The cast listed by the film’s distributor Metro is decidedly (suitably) starry – almost fantasy-casting levels, including Sex Education‘s Asa Butterfield, the gorgeous Kate Beckinsale, king of all acting gays Sir Ian McKellen, the fabulous Vanessa Redgrave, gay NT Stephen Fry, and scarily posh and severely sexy The Crown alum Charles Dance.
The movie is being directed by Joe Stephenson – who directed the 2018 McKellen feature doc McKellen: Playing the Part, and has new doc The Good Drug coming our way soon.
AND Noel has a truly great screenwriter behind it – none other than Martin Sherman (Bent).
It’s hard to get too massively excited because way back in 2014 we were preparing ourselves for this project, with British singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf doing the music and Glee star Chris Colfer as Coward.
But we live in hope!
Noel is produced by B Good Picture Company.
Also don’t forget that exhibition Noel Coward: Art & Style is now running at the Guildhall. And Blithe Spirit is coming back to the West End, starring Jennifer Saunders.