“Louis Wain” will start shooting on Aug. 10 with BAFTA-nominated Will Sharpe (“Flowers”) directing the film, which was written by Simon Stephenson and Will Sharp, based on a story by Stephenson. “Louis Wain” is being produced by Guy Heeley (“Swimming With Men”) and Adam Ackland (“Patrick Melrose”).
Cumberbatch will play Wain, a brilliant man inspired by both his love of the world and the love of his life, Emily, who will be played by Foy. Wain was famous for his distinctive paintings of cats and was also an inspirational hero who defied obstacles throughout his life.
“I am thrilled by the prospect of playing the courageous, playful spirit that is Louis Wain and to be producing such a special film,” said Cumberbatch.
“I have admired Will’s work for several years through ‘Flowers’ and, from the moment we first met, knew he was the perfect person to bring Louis’ inspirational and Odyssean story to life,” said Cumberbatch, adding that he and Sharpe “plan to bring audiences a sincerely uplifting, playful, thought-provoking tale of resilience, creativity and the enduring power of love.”
The film is produced by Studiocanal, SunnyMarch (Cumberbatch’s production banner, which is partly owned by Studiocanal), Shoebox, Film4 and Amazon. The producers are Heeley (“Locke”) and Ackland (“Patrick Melrose”), as well as Ed Clarke and Leah Clarke.