News arrives via Deadline that Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury Road) is set to join recent Academy Award® winner Emma Stone (La La Land) in Yorgos Lanthimos' (Dogtooth) royal drama The Favourite.
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (Ashby) have written the script, which will see Olivia Colman (The Iron Lady) crowned as Queen Anne, final monarch of the Stuarts, who ruled between 1702 and 1714. Rachel Weisz (The Fountain) is set as Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, one of her majesty's closest confidents, while Stone is playing Abigail Masham, a poverty-stricken distant relative of Sarah's, who is suddenly granted a position at court tending to the Queen, resulting in a shifting balance of power between the courtiers.
Hoult will play Robert Harley, who led the Tory party during the time of Anne and served as Lord High Treasurer during her reign.
Lanthimos' latest, The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, should be out this year. As for Hoult, he has Iraq War drama Sand Castle awaiting release and recently finished work as Nikola Tesla in Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) The Current War.