Time to Celebrate: Whit Stillman Is Currently Casting is New Period English Piece

Whit Stillman’s unique style of writing and directing may not everyone’s cup of tea—but it’s certainly mine. What I’ve always loved most about his films is the way they always feel so out of time. Although surrounding social issues and circumstances may be present to the particular time period he is portraying, there’s an emotional and dialectical through-line to his work that feels untethered to the past or present, it’s neither here nor there, making it so you could easily pluck one of his characters from Metropolitan and place them at the dinner table with Greta Gerwig’s Violet in Damsels and everything would meld just swimmingly. His particular style of writing has always been antiquated, even when set in the past and now, after almost a decade and a half-long hiatus between The Last Days of Disco and Damsels, it appears we won’t be waiting too much longer for a follow-up.

After The Hollywood Reporter told us back in May that Stillman was at Cannes dealing with a new project—a period piece at in Britain—now, the NY Post is currently in town casting the film. He went on to say that the film is “based on a funny but obscure late 18th-century work that reads a bit like an Oscar Wilde play,” and is expected “to shoot in Britain or perhaps at the Anglo-Irish great houses near Dublin.” The Film Stage also notes that “ nuggets of insight can be found in this 1998 article, reprinted last year, wherein he speaks of a 1700s-set screenplay which was originally geared to follow Disco — this new title being “a dramatic story that has adventure elements.”
 
Who knows exactly what this will be for the director and just who will land “the best female part of all the films I’ve made,” but I’d say this is reason enough to celebrate. Let’s all do the Sambola!
 

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