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Josh O’Connor reuniting with God’s Own Country director for ‘queer horror film’

Francis Lee's new project, which explores "class and queerness", will see him reunited with The Crown actor Josh

By Jamie Tabberer

Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Picturehouse Entertainment

Josh O’Connor and Francis Lee are to reunite for a new queer horror movie.

The Crown actor Josh first worked with Francis on 2017’s critically-acclaimed God’s Own Country, about two farmers who fall in love.

The news follows the release of the new Kate Winslet-starring film Ammonite, directed by Francis and focusing on a fictional love affair between 19th-century paleontologist Mary Anning and another woman.

“Class and queerness”

Francis briefly discussed his upcoming project in a recent interview with Esquire, with editor Alex Blimes revealing in his article that the film’s screenplay will be adapted from an unnamed novel.

Writes Blimes: “It’s a horror movie with strong elements of ‘class and queerness'”, about a sad young man alone in an epic wilderness; Josh O’Connor will star.”

Francis has previously teased the project, telling The Film Stage last year: “I’ve always wanted the opportunity to make a really, really f**king scary horror movie. So I’m working on that.”

Asked about his next feature by Metro Weekly, he said in December: “I have written the next one. What can I tell you? It’s about deep intimate human relationships, again. It’s a period piece. But it’s set in the 20th century. And it is a horror film.”

After shooting to fame in God’s Own Country, Josh won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of a young Prince Charles in The Crown. He has since appeared in hit films such as Only You and Emma.

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