Bill Nighy, Matt Smith, & More to Star in New Drama Movie Written by Sarah Polley

bthwood_comMay 18, 2024

& Sons, a new movie being written by Oscar-winning filmmaker Sarah Polley, has enlisted the names of Bill Nighy, Matt Smith, George MacKay, and Noah Jupe to star in Pablo Trapero’s family drama, based on David Gilbert’s novel of the same name. 

According to Deadline, the planned project will serve as Trapero’s English-language movie debut. The acclaimed Argentinian filmmaker is known for directing features like El Clan, Mundo Grúa, and Elefante blanco. He has also earned significant accolades, including the Silver Lion for Best Director at the Venice Film Festival and the Critics Prize at the 1999 Venice International Film Festival. 

What is & Sons about?

The official synopsis for & Sons (via Deadline) reads as follows: 

“Andrew is a novelist best known to the world as A.N. Dyer. He wrote his first book when he was 27 and it became an instant classic, selling 45M copies and creating a cult around its elusive author. Andrew wakes up one morning convinced that he is about to die. He knows that with his time on Earth dwindling he needs to set right the major relationships of his life and so he summons his sons to be with him.

“It’s been almost 20 years since an ‘incident’ tore apart the Dyer home. An incident that has a name – Andy. Andy’s the reason his world-famous father, Andrew, no longer speaks to his adult age sons, Richard and Jamie, nor to his ex-wife, Isabel. 
However when his sons arrive, laden with their own problems, Andrew does not seek their forgiveness, as they expected, instead he tells them something so wild it couldn’t possibly be true. Or could it?”

While little is still known about & Sons, viewers can expect a big movie coming their way once it hits theaters, considering the names on board for the project. Polley, who is also known for her acting roles in Mr. Nobody, Dawn of the Dead, and more, has helmed a slew of critically acclaimed movies, such as Stories We Tell, Take This Waltz, Away from Her, and the award-winning Women Talking. 

The actors set to star in the drama also have a slew of impressive acting portfolios under their belts, with Jupe — who is still in the early years of his career — having already starred in a number of movies, known for starring in Wonder, A Quiet Place, Ford v Ferrari, and A Quiet Place Part II.  

Nighy is an accomplished actor, with starring roles in Sometimes Always Never, The Constant Gardener, Notes on a Scandal, Shaun of the Dead, About Time, Love Actually, and Living. Smith, on the other hand, is an equally successful actor known for his appearances in His House, Doctor Who, The Crown, House Of The Dragon, Last Night In Soho, and more. 

Meanwhile, MacKay — who wowed audiences with his stellar performance in 1917 — has also starred in a variety of movies, including Pride, Femme, Where Hands Touch, I Came By, and Marrowbone. 

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