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Filthy mouths and foul play – see Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley in British comedy ‘Wicked Little Letters’

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Like the schoolteacher that curses, there's an immediate sense of pleasure to be had in watching Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley, dressed entirely in period garb, hurl profanities at each other. This is the biggest reason to catch forthcoming British comedy, Wicked Little Letters.

What is Wicked Little Letters about?

The film reunites The Lost Daughter co-stars, Colman and Buckley, in a story about two warring neighbours that's based on real events. Set in 1920s West Sussex, the new trailer for the film opens with a string of profanities, as one of the characters reads a letter addressed to Colman's pious Edith Swan. "Dear Edith, you foxy-ass old whore, you really are a tricksy fucker." The culprit is assumed to be Rose Gooding, played by Buckley, a rowdy Irish widow who doesn't play by the town's rules. And what follows is an attempt to catch the person posting the letters, with help from an energetic local police officer, Gladys Moss – played by Anjana Vasan of We Are Lady Parts.

From here on out, the audience is primed for hilarious and ridiculous rounds of dialogue, where the sole intent is to fill each line with as many "f--ks" as possible.

Who is involved?

Besides Jessie Buckley, Olivia Colman, and Anjana Vasan, there are other promising additions to what is already a stellar cast. Timothy Spall is Edith's father, while Gemma Jones plays her mother. Malachi Kirby is involved as Rose's boyfriend, while Hugh Skinner plays the dismissive Constable Papperwick. Also onboard the project is Lolly Adefope, Joanna Scanlan and Eileen Atkins.

Meanwhile, Thea Sharrock, who directed Me Before You, is behind the film, and composer Isobel Waller-Bridge (yes, the sister of Fleabag's Phoebe) has taken charge of the music.

Any release details?

Wicked Little Letters will premiere in Australia on March 21, 2024.

Is there a trailer for Wicked Little Letters?

See Colman and Buckley wield their fighting words in the trailer, below.

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