Calling all Bridgerton fans: Mr Malcom's List is a new Regency-era drama coming soon

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Photo credit: Mr Malcom's List
Photo credit: Mr Malcom's List

Calling all Bridgerton fans - a new Regency-era romantic period drama, which has been described as Bridgerton meets Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, is arriving this summer.

The film is adapted from the novel of the same title by Suzanne Allain and stars Freida Pinto, Zawe Ashton and Sope Dirisu. Directed by first-time feature filmmaker Emma Holly Jones, the love story follows our dashing titular suitor Mr. Malcolm, played by Gangs of London actor Sope, on the search for a bride who must fulfil all his prerequisites on his list.

Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida plays Selina Dalton, a woman who helps her friend Julia Thistlewaite (played by Zawe) get revenge on Malcom after he rejects her for falling short of his presumptuous requirements.

Photo credit: Mr Malcom's List
Photo credit: Mr Malcom's List

Director Jones revealed she saw Sope as "the new Mr. Darcy" upon meeting him, telling Vanity Fair: "I never wavered [when casting him as the lead]. It's him, or we don't make the film. It's the best decision I ever made. He's handsome, he's talented, he's gentle, he's complex."

Here's everything else we know about Mr Malcom's list below...

When is Mr Malcom's List released?

The film will be released in cinemas in the US on July 1st - with a UK release date yet to be confirmed. We'll also have to wait and see if it will be available on a streaming platform following its cinematic release.

Mr Malcom's List: The cast

Gangs of London and His House actor Sope Dirisu stars as the enigmatic bachelor, looking to settle down with a wife, if she meets his criteria first.

Fresh Meat star Zawe Ashton stars as Julia Thistlewaite, a woman rejected by Mr Malcom after she fails to meet his requirements, and Freida Pinto plays her friend Selina Dalton, who helps her seek revenge on him for his rudeness and callous rejection.

Photo credit: Mr Malcom's List
Photo credit: Mr Malcom's List

The cast also includes Sanditon's Theo James, Emily in Paris actress Ashley Park, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen.

Mr Malcom's List: The plot

The story follows the charming and handsome Mr Jeremy Malcom, who is searching for a wife who must embody the ideal qualities on his list. When his presumptuous list is uncovered, Selina is invited to seek revenge on Malcom with her friend Julia, who has been spurned by him after falling short of his list. Selena sets out to play the part of Malcom's so-called 'perfect' wife, only to dash his hopes and reject him at the last minute. Well, that's their plan anyway....

The book's synopsis reads: "It is a truth universally acknowledged that an arrogant bachelor deserves his comeuppance...

"The Honourable, excessively handsome, excessively wealth and perhaps a tad egotistical, Mr Malcolm is searching for a wife - but not just any wife. He's armed himself with a list of ideal qualities that his future wife will have to embody. After years of searching, he's beginning to despair of ever finding this paragon . . . until Selina Dalton arrives in town.

"Selina, a vicar's daughter of limited means, is thrilled when her friend Julia invites her to London - until she learns it's part of a plot to exact revenge on Mr Malcolm, whose list has been discovered. Using the list, Selina is to play the part of his perfect woman, only to shatter his hopes at the most opportune moment.

"Given their instant attraction, Selina is initially reluctant, but when Mr Malcolm begins judging her against his unattainable standards, she decides that it's high time to bring him down a peg or three. For she has some qualifications of her own, and if he is to meet them, he must reveal the real man behind his carefully controlled facade..."

Mr Malcom's List: Where is it set?

Powerscourt Estate, the breathtaking 13th century castle-turned-country-estate in Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland provides the stunning the setting of the film.

Stunning! We can't wait.

Mr Malcom's List will arrive in cinemas this summer.

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