Olivia Colman and Dakota Johnson Set to Star in New Psychological Drama

Olivia Colman’s character develops a secret obsession with Dakota Johnson’s character.

Olivia Colman’s character develops a secret obsession with Dakota Johnson’s character. A beach trip turned dark, Colman’s character is fascinated with Johnson’s in the psychological movie, The Lost Daughter.

Based on the book by Elena Ferrante, the movie will follow Leda (Colman), a college professor who takes a trip to Greece. While she is relaxing, Leda spots Nina (Johnson) walking on the beach with her daughter. As she observes Nina and her daughter, flashbacks from Leda’s past begin to flash before her, flooding with memories of when she was a young mother. Leda soon becomes obsessed with Nina and her daughter and starts following her around town. 

“It’s very honest about how being a woman is sometimes messy and sometimes ugly and that’s okay,” Johnson told Variety about the movie. “Being a mother is complicated and everyone is just trying to do their best. It’s important that we shine a light on how complicated it is to be a woman and it’s really ok and people should be allowed to express themselves to their full potential.”

The film will star Olivia Colman and Dakota Johnson along with Paul Mesca (Will), Ed Harris (Lyle), Peter Sarsgaard (Professor Hardy), Dagmara Dominiczyk (Callie), Jessie Buckley (young Leda), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Toni) and Vassilis Koukalani (Maurice). The movie is directed and written by actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. 

During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, director and writer Maggie Gyllenhaal said she could relate to Leda and that what she goes through isn’t talked about.

“If I relate to this fictional experience that this woman is writing, it means this is an experience that many people are having, and it isn’t being talked about.”

The Lost Daughter hits select theaters on December 17 and will debut on December 31 on Netflix. In the meantime, the trailer is available down below.