OKONEDO AND HARK­NESS JOIN COUN­TRY MU­SIC FILM

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So­phie Okonedo and James Hark­ness have been cast in the new com­edy-drama ‘Coun­try Mu­sic’. The Tony Award­win­ning ac­tress Okonedo, 48, and Hark­ness join ‘Taboo’ star Jessie Buck­ley and ‘Harry Pot­ter’ ac­tress Dame Julie Wal­ters in the com­edy-drama pro­duced by Faye Ward, Dead­line re­ports. Okonedo - who has starred in ‘Ho­tel Rwanda’ and ‘Doc­tor Who’ - has just fin­ished per­form­ing on the West End in Ed­ward Al­bee’s ‘The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia’. Hark­ness, mean­while, has had roles in ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’, ‘Mac­beth’ and ‘The Pro­gram’. Helmed by ‘Peaky Blin­ders’ di­rec­tor Tom Harper, the film fol­lows the story of Rose-Lynn Har­lan (Buck­ley) who wants to get out of Glas­gow af­ter hav­ing left prison and make it as a coun­try singer in Nashville. The script will be penned by ‘The C Word’ screen­writer Nicole Tay­lor and the di­rec­tor teased that it is “full of en­ergy”. He said: “Nicole Tay­lor has writ­ten a crack­ing script full of en­ergy and charm. Her witty di­a­logue will have you in stitches but at its heart, this is a mov­ing, uni­ver­sal story about roots and dreams. “Nicole has writ­ten the most won­der­ful script: hugely en­ter­tain­ing, sharp, funny and with some­thing to say about the way we live today. I’m thrilled to be bring­ing it to life with such an ex­cep­tional team of peo­ple. Jessie Buck­ley is a rev­e­la­tion in the lead role and I can’t wait for au­di­ences to hear her sing.” Back in 2015, the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ star Karen Gil­lan was ru­mored to be in talks for the movie but the ac­tress doesn’t ap­pear to be con­nected to the film any­more.

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