Stef   /   February 08, 2017   /   12 Comments


By Rebecca Ford and Alex Ritman
Chanya Button will direct ‘Vita & Virginia,’ which follows the romance and friendship between Woolf and Vita Sackville-West.

Eva Green and Gemma Arterton will star in drama Vita & Virginia, based on the true story of the love affair and friendship between literary icon Virginia Woolf and author Vita Sackville-West.

The film will be directed by British helmer Chanya Button (Burn, Burn, Burn) from a script by Eileen Atkins based on her own play of the same name, which debuted in 1992.

Virginia Stephen married Leonard Woolf in 1912, and then met socialite and author Vita Sackville-West, wife of Harold Nicolson, in 1922. They began a sexual relationship that lasted nearly a decade, as shown in their various letters and diary entries. After their affair ended, they remained friends until Woolf’s death in 1941. Green will play Woolf while Arterton will play Sackville-West.

Katie Holly of Blinder Films (Love & Friendship) and Evangelo Kioussis of Mirror Productions are producing the project while Simon Baxter will executive produce for Mirror alongside Green and Arterton. Protagonist is introducing the project to buyers at EFM in Berlin.

Green was most recently seen in Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and White Bird in a Blizzard with Shailene Woodley. She’ll soon be seen in Euphoria with Alicia Vikander and Roman Polanski’s Based on a True Story. She is repped by UTA and Tavistock Wood Management in the UK.

Arterton’s recently films include Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest with Sam Claflin, and she has The Escape with Dominic Cooper coming up. She’s also attached to Julie Delpy’s My Zoe. She’s repped by CAA, Independent Talent Group in the UK and Stone, Genow.

12 Responses to “Eva Green, Gemma Arterton to Star in Virginia Woolf Love Story”
  1. Kasia Says:

    Sounds fantastic!

  2. Vicki Liu Says:

    This made my day. I’ve always wished to see Eva play a role/character like Virginia Woolf. It takes a certain someone with just the right charisma to do it, and Eva definitely has that. Our girl is on a roll and I’m loving it!

  3. LordPendragonOfCaria Says:

    Wow! So glad to hear she’s got ANOTHER movie coming up ^^ Can’t wait to see what this one also holds. Looks like she has been picking up more film roles lately, again, if this time in the more niche market.

  4. Giulia Schmidt Says:

    I’m so happy for Eva! Like, really really happy! She is gonna do an amazing job, for sure.

  5. SymphonyAngel917 Says:

    There is nothing this amazing, beautiful woman can’t do. I’m binge watching PD for the second time because I draw such strength from her performance. Knock it out of the park Eva. Blessings and love to you.

  6. Kerri Says:

    Awesome!!!! Can’t wait. I guess the rumors of her being in Avengers: Infinity War were false since it would be confirmed by now,right? But this is better, way better. Yay!!

  7. Ian Says:

    It’s always enlightening to unravel the degrees of humanity and depth in the choices. I’m looking forward to it, in a time when some may wonder about the importance of retelling these stories – not many perceive the world the same way, and many are conditioned to hear, see, and feel what their chains are limited to. You’re wrong for being right and championed for not possessing reason and being concerned with trivial things, that don’t make a difference to humans. The latest choices broadcast a much deeper and crucial layer than what’s apparent. In dark times, the light to find its way, shines from unusual places. Portraying humanity, at its best and its worst. I will send her a letter soon, I wanted to do it for some time, and I found here the address. To look at humanity’s face right in the eye, with what’s going on in the world, and to reflect and ponder. It reminds us that we have to be conscious, to act with our perceptions and do our part.

  8. Ian Says:

    Also, it presents a chance for people to revisit such a great name in literature….

  9. Melanie Says:

    Any guesses when this will start filming? I already can’t wait to see it.

  10. G Says:

    @Melanie This Spring.

  11. Esteban Brenes Says:

    Deutche Gramophone just released Max Richter’s soundtrack for “Woolf Works”a ballet performance of the Royal Academy of London based on 3 books by Virginia Woolf. The music is beautiful and includes the only recording of Virginia Woolf voice… I understand Eva is a fan of Max Richter’s music… happy coincidence…

  12. Angelique Says:

    I cannot wait!!! I have only just recently discovered Virginia Woolf’s work and now I find out my biggest inspiration will play her?!! I must have died and gone to heaven because this is amazing!!! I know our girl will do marvelously!! Eva has always been absolutely breathtaking in all her roles. Can’t wait to see what the future holds for her 😀