One film that’s been running under the radar at TIFF, but has been picking up good notices from those who’ve seen it, is “The Limehouse Golem.” Hailing from acclaimed Spanish director Juan Carlos Medina, produced by the legendary Stephen Woolley, and written by Jane Goldman of “Kick-Ass” and “Kingsman” fame, the film is an adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s novel “Dan Leno And The Limehouse Golem,” and is a period thriller set in the theater world in Victorian London.
Incorporating real-life figures including Karl Marx, the narrative sees a young woman (Olivia Cooke) put on trial for the murder of her husband, a case that will eventually come to include investigations into a violent serial killer known as the Golem who is stalking seedy music halls in the East End of London. Bill Nighy (in a role intended for the late, great Alan Rickman before the actor had to pull out due to his illness), Douglas Booth, Eddie Marsan, Sam Reid and Daniel Mays star, while it apparently proves to be a good showcase for rising star Cooke (who’ll next lead Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One”) and for Nighy, and has won enthusastic reviews all over.
And now, courtesy of The Guardian, you can get a glimpse of the movie, which showcases the movie’s impressive period atmosphere and production value, and what could be a star-making performance from Cooke. Plus, Douglas Booth in drag. Watch the clip below, and stay tuned for news on when “The Limehouse Golem” gets a release.