Written by award-winning playwright Nick Payne and loosely based on his 2010 theatre production of the same name, it tackles the question of whether lifelong monogamy is possible – or even desirable. The tone is “searingly insightful” but also “funny”.
The BBC describes Joy as “a therapist trying to find a way to keep her spark with her husband alive after a cycling accident causes them to reassess their relationship,” adding: “As we meet her family, friends, neighbours and clients, remarkable yet relatable stories of love, lust and forbidden desire emerge.”
Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Toni Collette, known for films including The Sixth Sense, Miss You Already and Little Miss Sunshine, will play Joy Richards.
Collette said: “I am honoured and thrilled to work with Nick Payne’s wonderful words on Wanderlust. It is an authentic and revolutionary story about relationships, sex, love and all the things we really care about. I could not be more excited.”
Her husband Alan will be played by The Halcyon’s Steven Mackintosh, while Fresh Meat star Zawe Ashton is Alan’s colleague Claire. Also appearing are Line of Duty’s Royce Pierreson, and The Loch’s William Ash.