Emmy Award-nominated Letitia Wright (Black Panther, Avengers franchise, Black Mirror) and Tamara Lawrance (On Chesil Beach, BBC One’s The Long Song) will star in Agnieszka Smoczynska’s (The Lure, Fugue) English-language debut The Silent Twins.
The film was written by Andrea Seigel (Laggies) and is based on the book The Silent Twins (available at Amazon) by Marjorie Wallace. Kindred Spirit’s Anita Gou (The Farewell), 42’s Ben Pugh and Joshua Horsfield, and Madant’s Klaudia Smieja-Rostworowska (High Life) are producing the movie.
The Silent Twins is being financed by Kindred Spirit and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute and Moderator Inwestycje. 30WEST arranged the financing and is co-representing the U.S. rights alongside ICM Partners and UTA Independent. Protagonist Pictures are representing the international rights.
The executive producers include Wright; Ewa Puszczyńska (Academy Award-winning Ida); 30WEST’s Katie Anderson, Jake Carter and Trevor Groth; Alicia Van Couvering; Andrea Seigel; Charlie Morrison and Marjorie Wallace.
The Silent Twins tells the chilling true story of twin sisters who were entirely silent, communicating only to each other in a private language. They became obsessed with writing fiction, boys, and crime in their teens. As their intense bond turned into something far more dangerous, how far would their obsessions take them?
The book is officially described as follows:
When identical twins, June and Jennifer Gibbons were three they began to reject communication with anyone but each other, and so began a childhood bound together in a strange and secret world. As they grew up, love, hate and genius united to push them to the extreme margins of society and, following a five week spree of vandalism and arson, the silent twins were sentenced to a gruelling twelve-year detention in Broadmoor.
Award-winning investigative journalist Marjorie Wallace delves into the twins’ silent world, revealing their genius, alienation and the mystic bond by which the extremes of good and evil ended in possession and death.
Wright is best known for her role as Shuri in Disney’s Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role in Black Mirror, was recently awarded with BAFTA’s EE Rising Star Award and appeared in Amazon Studios’ Guava Island alongside Donald Glover and Rihanna.
Wright will next be seen in 20th Century Studios’ Death on the Nile, directed by Kenneth Branagh alongside Emma Mackey, Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer. Additionally, she will star as the female lead in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe, which will air in the UK on BBC and Amazon in the US.
Lawrance was named by The Guardian as one of their “talents set to take 2017 by storm” and selected as a Screen International “Screen Star of Tomorrow 2018.” Her most notable leading roles on television include Jess in Rupert Goold’s King Charles III for BBC2 and Miss July in the Heyday Films three-part adaptation of Andrea Levy’s novel, The Long Song, opposite Hayley Attwell.
She can next be seen in the feature film leading the cast of Corvidae, alongside BAFTA nominee Jack Lowden and the multi-awarded Fiona Shaw and in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe. Lawrance is esteemed for her work on stage, having been part of several award-winning plays at London’s National Theatre.
Smoczynska won the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Prize for her Polish feature film debut The Lure (Córki dancingu), which was released in the U.S. by The Criterion Collection and as a result was named one of the Ten Female European Filmmakers to Watch by Variety and received the 2017 Sundance Institute Global Filmmaking Award. Her second feature, Fugue (Fuga), screened at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Critics’ Week Grand Prize.