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Watch Dan Stevens, Leslie Mann, Isla Fisher and Judi Dench in the trailer for Blithe Spirit

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STUDIOCANAL has sent over the first trailer and poster for Blithe Spirit, starring Dan Stevens, Leslie Mann, Isla Fisher and Judi Dench. The film, based on the iconic play by Noël Coward, will arrive in cinemas on 1>st May 2020.

Best-selling crime novelist Charles (Dan Stevens) is struggling with catastrophic writer’s block and a stressful deadline for his first screenplay. His picture-perfect second wife Ruth (Isla Fisher) is doing her best to keep him focussed in the hope of fulfilling her dream of heading to Hollywood. Charles’ desperate search for inspiration leads him to invite Madame Arcati (Judi Dench), a medium recently exposed as a fraud, to perform a séance in their home. They all get more than they bargained for when Arcati accidentally summons the spirit of his deceased first wife: the fiery and jealous Elvira (Leslie Mann) who embarks on a mission to kill Charles so she can spend eternity with him which leads to an increasingly comical and deadly love triangle.

Directed by Edward Hall (Downton Abbey, Spooks) the all-star cast includes Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Legion), Leslie Mann (This is 40, The Other Woman), Isla Fisher (The Beach Bum, Confessions of a Shopaholic), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Rush, Stardust), Emilia Fox (Silent Witness, Delicious), Adil Ray (Citizen Khan, Ackley Bridge), James Fleet (Outlander, Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Judi Dench (Philomena, Skyfall).

Producing is James Spring (Fisherman’s Friends, Easy Virtue), Meg Leonard (Fisherman’s Friends, Finding Your Feet), Nick Moorcroft (Fisherman’s Friends, Finding Your Feet), Hilary Bevan Jones (Pirate Radio), Peter Snell (The Wicker Man), and Toni Pinnolis. Noël Coward’s play is adapted for the screen by Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft along with Piers Ashworth.

BLITHE SPIRIT will be released in the UK on 1st May 2020.

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