Matt Lucas Joins Erotic Thriller Therese Raquin

By Kristy Puchko 2012-04-18 11:22:33discussion comments
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In a bizarre bit of casting news, Little Britain comedian Matt Lucas has just become the latest addition to the erotic thriller Thérèse Raquin. Based on the popular Émile Zola novel, the drama will unfold in 17th century France, unveiling the twisted story of the eponymous young woman who was urged into marrying her feeble first cousin by a high-handed aunt. Once trapped in a loveless marriage, she begins to pine for her new husband's childhood friend, Laurent, and their resulting passion soon leads down a dark path.

Rising starlet and media darling Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) will front the feature as Thérèse, while Harry Potter's Tom Felton and Sucker Punch's Oscar Isaac will play her husband-cousin and secret lover respectively. Oscar-winner Jessica Lange has recently stepped in to take on the role of the overbearing auntie, and EW reports Lucas has joined the cast as a policeman who regularly visits this peculiar family unit with his inspector father in tow. Best-known Stateside for playing one of Kristen Wiig's wacky roommates in Bridesmaids, Lucas seems an odd choice for such a serious drama. However, it looks like Thérèse Raquin will be a platform for much of its cast and crew to be seen in a new light.

Olsen has shown she can do gritty, indie dramas, but here the classically trained ingénue will have the opportunity to prove her prowess with period pieces. Felton's still working on breaking from his Malfoy image, and Isaac could certainly stand to put as much distance between himself and the dreadful Sucker Punch as possible (something he's also doing by starring in the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis). Perhaps Lucas is looking to show what he can do outside the bounds of broad comedy. And as Thérèse Raquin will be the first feature film effort from actor turned writer-director Charlie Stratton this may prove the perfect place to risk it.

Thérèse Raquin will go into production mid-May.
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