Netflix announced today that Johnny Flynn (Emma, Beast), Ben Chaplin (Apple Tree Yard, Mad Dogs), Ken Stott (Café Society, The Hobbit) and Monica Dolan (Eye in the Sky, A Very English Scandal) have rounded out the cast of The Dig. They join the previously-announced Carey Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, and Lily James.
The Dig is based on the book by John Preston. As WWII looms, a wealthy widow hires an amateur archaeologist to excavate the burial mounds on her estate. When they make a historic discovery, the echoes of Britain’s past resonate in the face of it’s uncertain future.
The film, directed by Simon Stone (The Daughter), is currently in production in the UK and will be released worldwide by Netflix in 2020. Written by Moira Buffini, the movie is produced by Gabrielle Tana for Magnolia Mae Films. Ellie Wood, Murray Ferguson and Carolyn Marks Blackwood will produce alongside Tana.
The book is officially described as follows: “A succinct and witty literary venture that tells the strange story of a priceless treasure discovered in East Anglia on the eve of World War II
“In the long, hot summer of 1939, Britain is preparing for war, but on a riverside farm in Suffolk there is excitement of another kind. Mrs. Pretty, the widowed owner of the farm, has had her hunch confirmed that the mounds on her land hold buried treasure. As the dig proceeds, it becomes clear that this is no ordinary find.
“This fictional recreation of the famed Sutton Hoo dig follows three months of intense activity when locals fought outsiders, professionals thwarted amateurs, and love and rivalry flourished in equal measure. As the war looms ever closer, engraved gold peeks through the soil, and each character searches for answers in the buried treasure. Their threads of love, loss, and aspiration weave a common awareness of the past as something that can never truly be left behind.”