Universal Pictures has locked sights on perhaps the fastest rising star in Hollywood today, Actress Florence Pugh. She’s set to play the lead role in The Maid. In a bid to emulate the success of Lionsgate’s Knives Out starring Daniel Craig which in 2019 took $311m worldwide on a budget of just $40m, they’ve set their gaze on building a stellar cast.
The Maid is the title of the yet to be released novel from author Nita Prose. The books initial publishing rights were the subject of a 6-way bidding tug of war and sold within 24 hours. With its release set for 2022, it focuses upon an Agatha Christie-style whodunnit with a topping of laugh out loud humour. Author Nita Prose’s debut novel, Quill & Quire, has reached critical claim already with the author noting the debut is “internationally sought”.
The Maid adds Black Widow’s Florence Pugh to its cast
Publishers Harper Collins are noted as being “swept away” by both the comedy & emotional narrative of the character.
Pugh will play the role of Molly, the Maid who uncovers all the guest’s secrets at the Regency Grand Hotel. Here’s The Maid’s synopsis:
Molly is used to being invisible in her job at the Regency Grand Hotel, tidying the guests’ messes and sweeping up their secrets, until she discovers an infamous wealthy guest, Mr Black, dead in his bed. And so she’s thrown into a Cluedo-style hunt for the truth, learning who to trust in a world where people often take advantage of her difference.
We first saw Florence Pugh in her star turn in Midsommar along with Lady Macbeth, Little Women and the acclaimed series, The Little Drummer Girl. Already being nominated for a BAFTA and Academy Award for Little Women, while being just 24, her career is already transcending achievement after achievement.
Audiences should have seen Pugh in November in Marvel/Disney’s Black Widow opposite Scarlett Johannsson, which has since been pushed to 2021. But while we may have to wait to see what magic she next creates on the Silver Screen with projects such as this, it’s sure to be worth the wait.
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