Magazine article Screen International

Cate Blanchett, Susanne Bier Circle Sutton Hoo Drama

Magazine article Screen International

Cate Blanchett, Susanne Bier Circle Sutton Hoo Drama

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EXCLUSIVE: Cate Blanchett is in talks to star in The Dig, a drama about one of Britain's most famous archaeological finds - the Sutton Hoo burial grounds.

Oscar-winning Danish director Susanne Bier is attached to direct the feature, which is written by Tamara Drewe and Byzantium writer Moira Buffini.

Buffini's buzz script, adapted from John Preston's novel The Dig, explores the story and characters behind the 1938/9 excavation of Sutton Hoo, whose sixth and seventh century riches included a 27-metre ship and which is the likely burial site of King Raedwald of East Anglia.

Blanchett, who picked up a second Oscar earlier this year for her lead role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine, is in talks to play amateur archaeologist Edith Pretty, one of the driving forces behind the excavation.

Producers are Murray Ferguson of Clerkenwell Films, former Clerkenwell exec Ellie Wood, and Philomena producer Gaby Tana with backing from BBC Films, whose head Christine Langan serves as executive producer. …

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