Rebecca Ferguson to co-star in Roald Dahl film

Swedish-born actress Rebecca Ferguson, London, 2016. — AFP pic
Swedish-born actress Rebecca Ferguson, London, 2016. — AFP pic

LOS ANGELES, Nov 3 — Currently best known for her roles in the fifth and sixth Mission: Impossible movies, Rebecca Ferguson is to play Patricia Neal, wife of bestselling children's author Roald Dahl, in a new look at the couple's life.

In literary circles, Roald Dahl may be the more famous name, but in 1964 — the year that Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was published — Patricia Neal received the Academy Awards' Best Actress Oscar.

The sequel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator arrived in 1972, and Neal collected a Golden Globe for Drama.

In the year that The BFG was sent to bookstores, Neal was recognized with a Career Achievement Award from the National Board of Review.

That period of time in the 1960s saw Dahl grappling with not only Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but also Matilda and The BFG, which would not be published for another two decades, while Neal persevered with her recovery from an otherwise debilitating series of brain aneurysms and an ensuing coma.

The episode had previously been adapted in The Patricia Neal Story, which saw Glenda Jackson and Dirk Bogarde play Neal and Dahl respectively.

Production of this latest interpretation, which has Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey as Dahl, is to begin in January 2018, with the Stephen Michael Shearer novel An Unquiet Life as its basis.

Ferguson, who most recently appeared opposite Michael Fassbender in The Snowman, an adaptation of a Jo Nesbo crime thriller, can next be seen in the December 25 debut and P.T. Barnum musical The Greatest Showman, followed by action movie M:I 6 — Mission Impossible and children's adventure The Kid Who Would Be King in 2018. — AFP-Relaxnews

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