Amazon Prime is out with first look teaser for The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy.
The film also stars Sophia Di Martino, Olivia Colman, Andrea Riseborough, Jamie Demetriou, Toby Jones, and Stacy Martin. It tells the story of the Victorian-era artist whose widely published drawings of anthropomorphized cats transformed them from mysterious to irresistible.
Based on artist Louis Wain in 1880s, to support his widowed mother and five younger sisters, the academy-trained artist sells drawings of animals from the country fair. His skilled and speedy portraiture impresses, but his often stormy view of the world and those in it keeps him from engaging much with society.
That is, until he hires a kind, curious governess for his youngest sisters, Emily Richardson (Claire Foy), who illuminates his life in a way even he’d never imagined. Love blooms across the class divide—albeit to the chagrin of his stern sister Caroline (Andrea Riseborough), second oldest and second in command.
The film is directed by Will Sharpe, from a screenplay by Simon Stephenson. The film releases on 22nd October, 2021.
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