Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games) and Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility) have officially hopped aboard on the cast for the upcoming big screen version of The Children Act.
Based on the 2014 novel of the same name written by British author Ian McEwan, the film adaptation will see Thompson starring in the lead role of Fiona Maye. Maye, a High Court judge in the Family Division in London, mourns her childless life and faces onward the reality of her suffering marriage.
As she takes on a court case involving a 17-year-old who refuses a blood transfusion due to his religious beliefs, her heartstrings are pulled on, and she soon wonders if she should force the boy to undergo the procedure in order for his life to be saved.
Richard Eyre (Notes on a Scandal) will direct, with Duncan Kentworthy (Notting Hill) to produce. FilmNation and BBC Films will co-finance the film.