After an awe-inspiring feature film debut with God's Own Country, Francis Lee is returning with another queer project. Titled Ammonite, his latest project stars Saoirse Ronan and Kate Winslet. The film's official trailer debuted today.
Winslet plays Mary Anning, a fossil hunter in 1840s England -- Anning was a real-life paleontologist though this is not a biopic. She finds herself commissioned as a mentor of sorts to Charlotte Murchinson, who is played by Ronan. Murchison is the wife of a rich man, who is trying to deal with her melancholia. His idea is that time alongside the beach, busying herself will raise her spirits.
As evidenced in the trailer, though things initially start off rocky, the two develop strong feelings for one another that play out in the film, seemingly with all of the passion from God's Own Country.
Fiona Shaw, Gemma Jones, and more also star in the film which will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Alec Secareanu, who played in God's Own Country, also appears in this feature.
The narrative is similar to the much-lauded Portrait of a Lady on Fire.
Lee told Entertainment Weekly he hopes the film helps audiences to see "the power of love; the power of a deep, intimate, human relationship; the power of touch; and hope." Many expect for the film to be nominated for an Oscar.
Ammonite is set to release in theaters November 13.