See a first look at Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy in new period film

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Benedict Cumberbatch will play an almost forgotten British artist in upcoming biopic The Electric Life of Louis Wain alongside The Crown's Claire Foy.

Having its premiere at Telluride Film Festival today (September 2), the film sees the Sherlock actor sport a moustache to play the London-born painter.

Best known for his drawings of large-eyed, anthropomorphised cats, Wain married his sisters' governess, Emily Richardson. Claire Foy portrays Richardson in the movie, which focuses on the artsy couple's romance.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

"The extraordinary true story of eccentric British artist Louis Wain, whose playful, sometimes even psychedelic pictures helped to transform the public's perception of cats forever.

"Moving from the late 1800s through to the 1930s, we follow the incredible adventures of this inspiring, unsung hero, as he seeks to unlock the 'electrical' mysteries of the world and, in so doing, to better understand his own life and the profound love he shared with his wife Emily Richardson," the official synopsis reads.

Cumberbatch isn't the only MCU actor in the movie's star-studded cast. Directed by Will Sharpe, The Electric Life of Louis Wain includes Loki's Sophia Di Martino as well as Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi.

The film features another The Crown alumna, Olivia Colman, who also lends her voice as the narrator. Sex Education star Aimee Lou Wood also stars, as well as Andrea Riseborough, Toby Jones, Sharon Rooney, Hayley Squires, Stacy Martin, Phoebe Nicholls, Adeel Akhtar, Asim Chaudhry, Richard Ayoade, Julian Barratt and Nick Cave.

The Electric Life of Louis Wain will have a limited US theatrical release in October this year and will be available to stream on Prime Video starting from November 5. In the UK, the film will be distributed in cinemas in early 2022.


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