Colin Firth, Toby Jones and more join Sam Mendes' 'Empire of Light'

By PTI

LOS ANGELES: Colin Firth, Toby Jones, Crystal Clarke, and Tanya Moodie have boarded the cast of “Empire of Light”, a romantic drama directed by Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes.

The movie, which is set in and around a beautiful old cinema on the South Coast of England in the 1980s, marks Mendes’ first solo outing as a screenwriter.

The quartet of powerhouse performers joins previously announced cast members Academy Award winner Olivia Colman and Micheal Ward in the film, reported Deadline.

“Empire of Light”, a Searchlight Pictures title, marks Mendes’ follow-up to his 2020 best picture nominee war drama “1917”.

For his next film, the filmmaker is once again collaborating with legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins, who won an Oscar for best cinematography at the 2020 Academy Awards for his work on “1917”.

Mendes will also produce the project through his Neal Street Productions along with Pippa Harris.

Colin, a double Oscar winner, recently starred opposite Colman in Eva Husson’s Sony Pictures Classics drama “Mothering Sunday”.

Jones will next appear in Jon S Baird’s historical drama “Tetris”, Sebastian Lelio’s “The Wonder” and the fifth as yet untitled “Indiana Jones” film.

Clarke recently wrapped filming on the second and third series of Masterpiece’s “Sanditon” and will next be seen in Sean McNamara’s fantasy feature “The King’s Daughter”.

Moodie currently stars in “A Discovery of Witches”, a Sky Original series.