EXCLUSIVE: Ellie Bamber, Mehdi Dehbi and Rupert Penry-Jones are set to lead cast in feature Prisoners Of Paradise, which is aiming to shoot from late September on location in Mauritius.
The coming-of-age love story, set in 1925, follows 17-year-old orphan Lucy Gladwell (Bamber) who is sent from England to live under the guardianship of her uncle George Huyton (Penry-Jones). Initially seduced by the sumptuous beauty of her surroundings, Lucy finds herself at odds with her violent uncle who is not the benign influence he pretends to be, and she soon falls in love with Krishna (Dehbi), a labourer working on a nearby plantation.
Edward Akrout (Killing Eve) is also among cast. Mitch Jenkins (The Show) will direct from an original screenplay by Alan Govinden and Jason Wingard. Producer is Alan Govinden (Sulphur & White) of AMG International Film. Stuart Howell (The Crown) is attached as DOP.
Producer Alan Govinden said: “I’m thrilled and truly overwhelmed that we have attached such exciting and talented actors for this beautiful film. Prisoners Of Paradise is a project close to my heart, so I’m delighted to have also secured the wildly talented Mitch Jenkins as our director. We are thrilled to be shooting in Mauritius with its stunning landscape, wonderful crew and rich history all combining for a movie I can’t wait to bring to screens around the world.”