First look at Line of Duty's Keeley Hawes and Hugh Bonneville in new movie

Rianne Houghton
·2-min read
Photo credit: Sky
Photo credit: Sky

From Digital Spy

Fresh off of the release of The Witches, Sky Cinema has revealed our first look at Line of Duty star Keeley Hawes and Paddington's Hugh Bonneville in the upcoming movie about the life of Roald Dahl, To Olivia.

To Olivia, which is expected to premiere early next year, will follow the real-life relationship of children's author Roald Dahl and his wife Patricia Neal, as they overcome the tragic loss of their daughter, Olivia.

Keeley Hawes, who recently starred in ITV's Honour and the BBC's Bodyguard, will play Oscar-winning American actress Patricia Neal, while Downton Abbey favourite Hugh Bonneville will play Dahl – and now our first glimpse of the pair is here.

Photo credit: Sky
Photo credit: Sky

Promising to be "inspiring and heart-warming", the official synopsis for To Olivia reads: "It's 1962 and Roald Dahl, an eccentric, burgeoning children's author and his wife, Patricia Neal, a glamorous Hollywood movie star, have retreated to the English countryside to bring up their expanding young family.

"Tragically, their lives are turned upside down by the devastating death of their daughter Olivia and as the couple struggle through the unimaginable loss, their shared grief becomes a source of redemption and strength which changes their lives forever."

Director of Sky Cinema and Acquisitions at Sky UK & Ireland Sarah Wright said the upcoming project will uncover "the true story" of Dahl and Neal's heartache.

Photo credit: David Farrell/Hulton Archive - Getty Images
Photo credit: David Farrell/Hulton Archive - Getty Images

Related: How The Witches reflects Roald Dahl's antisemitism

"We are all familiar with the extraordinary Roald Dahl and Oscar-winning actor, Patricia Neal, but in To Olivia, audiences will discover the true story of the heartache and struggles the outwardly glamorous couple experienced prior to their immense success," she said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a new adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Witches is currently available to watch online. Despite revisiting a much-loved story, Robert Zemeckis' adaptation struggles to redefine a narrative that Digital Spy has argued is inherently antisemitic.

To Olivia will be released in cinemas and on Sky Cinema in February 2021.

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