Everything we know so far about Netflix’s The Lost Daughter
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Everything we know so far about Netflix’s The Lost Daughter

Netflix has acquired the US distribution rights to The Lost Daughter, directed by Maggie Gyllenhaal. The film will be adapted from Elena Ferrante’s eponymous novel, and they’ve lined up a star-studded ensemble cast to bring it to the screen. Notably, this is Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut, where she is writing, directing and producing the film single-handedly.

Talking about her collaboration with Netflix, Gyllenhaal said, “I’m thrilled to be working with Netflix again. They have supported so much of the work I am most proud of, and this is no exception.” She further added, “Netflix has consistently championed filmmakers that excite and inspire me and I’m delighted to be included in that company.”

The film will be produced by Talia Kleinhendler and Osnat Handelsman-Keren, Endeavor Content, Samuel Marshall Films, who are all working alongside Gyllenhaal. 

Endeavour Content added, “We are honoured to be part of this special journey with Maggie, her extraordinary group of collaborators, and now our new partners at Netflix, to bring this powerfully complex story to audiences around the world.”

Here is everything we know so far about Netflix’s The Lost Daughter.

Everything we know so far about Netflix’s The Lost Daughter 

What is Netflix’s The Lost Daughter all about? 

The protagonist Leda is portrayed by Olivia Colman and a middle-aged college professor who goes on a seaside vacation. Here she meets Nina, played by Dakota Johnson, and her young daughter, who she observes on the beach. Colman’s character slowly becomes obsessed with their compelling bonding that triggers early memories of her own. Gradually she becomes consumed by these ideas and is trapped within her newfangled world of memories. 

“When I finished reading Elena Ferrante’s The Lost Daughter, I felt that something secret and true had been said out loud,” Gyllenhaal said. “And I was both disturbed and comforted by that. I immediately thought how much more intense the experience would be in a movie theatre, with other people around. And I set to work on this adaptation.”

She added: “I find that the script has attracted other people interested in exploring these secret truths about motherhood, sexuality, femininity, desire. And I’m thrilled to continue my collaboration with such brave and exciting actors and filmmakers.”

Who is starring in Netflix’s The Lost Daughter?

Netflix’s The Lost Daughter has an A-list cast comprising Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson, Paul Mescal, Peter Sarsgaard, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Jessie Buckley, Ed Harris and Dagmara Dominczyk. 

Academy Award-winner Colman is revered for her glittering performances in The Crown and The Favourite. Meanwhile, Johnson starred in Fifty Shades of Grey and Persuasion. Additionally, Sarsgaard was lauded for his performance in The Killing, as was Paul Mescal for his role in Normal People.

What is the status of the production of Netflix’s The Lost Daughter?

The production of The Lost Daughter was completed in 2020, while the filming took place in Greece. Now, the picture is almost ready for its film festival debut, and it’s gearing towards reaching post-production. Check out some of the images of the cast shooting the project below. 

When will Netflix’s The Lost Daughter release? 

The film will debut in September at the Venice Film Festival before hitting cinemas worldwide on December 17th, 2021. Then two weeks after arriving in theatres, it will stream globally on Netflix.