Gemma Arterton and Eva Green cast as lovers in Virginia Woolf drama

The Bond girls will play novelist Woolf and socialite Vita Sackville-West in the 1920s-set biopic Vita & Virginia

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Eva Green will star as Virginia Woolf and Gemma Arterton will play Vita Sackville-West in Vita & Virginia, a new film chronicling the famous love affair within the Bloomsbury Group of writers and artists.

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Set in the 1920s, the film will depict the relationship between English novelist Woolf and socialite Sackville-West, which inspired the former’s novel Orlando.

Both the women were married at the time, and the decade-long affair they embarked upon began in 1922.

Vita and Virginia will hone in on the years 1927-1928, when Woolf wrote Orlando, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, will be directed by Chanya Button and written by Dame Eileen Atkins, recently seen as Queen Mary in Netflix’s The Crown.

Chanya Button said: “We so often associate women of the past with oppression, bound by the duties of marriage, propriety and domesticity; but what Vita & Virginia offers is an example of a relationship where bold, brilliant women bent these institutions to their will at great personal cost…

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“Vita & Virginia will be a visceral love story, a vivid exploration of creativity, and an energised perspective on one of our most iconic writers”.