Netflix knows a niche when it sees one and period dramas are suddenly very hot at the moment (in both senses). Thus, they have jumped at the chance of adapting DM Lawrence’s 1928 novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover with an all-star cast.
With Emma Corrin and Jack O’Connell in the leady roles, this countryside affair has a vintage TV look with The Crown and Skins colliding in the wet fields of old Blighty for a costumed romp.
The script synopsis reads: “Marrying Sir Clifford Chatterley, Connie’s life of wealth and privilege seems set as she takes the title of Lady Chatterley. Yet this idealistic union gradually becomes an incarceration when Clifford returns from the First World War with injuries that have left him unable to walk.”
Continuing: “When she meets and falls for Oliver Mellors, the gamekeeper on the Chatterley family estate, their secret trysts lead her to a sensual, sexual awakening. But as their affair becomes the subject of local gossip, Connie faces a life-altering decision: follow her heart or return to her husband and endure what Edwardian society expects of her.”
With French filmmaker Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, known for their work on The Mustang and The Act, at the helm, the drama is certainly set to be racy. Clermont-Tonnerre is working from a script penned by David Magee.
The cast also includes Faye Marsay, Joely Richardson, Ella Hunt, Eugene O’Hare, Rachel Andrews and Nicholas Bishop.
You can check out the first images from the film below.