Sean Bean joins Dark River

Sean Bean

by James White |
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Contractual Sean Bean Joke: no, we don't know whether he will make it to the final reel in this one. Happy? Right, on with the story, as Deadline reports that Bean and Mark Stanley are in talks to join Clio Barnard's new film Dark River.

Ruth Wilson is already attached to star in the film, which Barnard has written based on Rose Tremain's 2010 novel Trespass, featuring siblings dealing with terrible, traumatic events from their family past. Though the novel is set in France, Barnard is preparing to shoot the film this summer in Yorkshire, and we'll have to wait and see what changes have been made on the path from the page to the screen.

It's exciting to contemplate Barnard's return to filmmaking after 2013's excellent The Selfish Giant and she seems to be rounding up a great cast for this one. Bean, who made it through The Martian intact, is appearing in The Young Messiah, which has yet to secure a UK release. Ditto new Final Fantasy tie-in film Kingsglaive, which we reported on here. Stanley, who was one of the Knights of Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is back on our screens in a couple of weeks playing Ollie in Our Kind Of Traitor.

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