ByElle McFarlane, writer at Creators.co
'There's always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.'
Elle McFarlane

When two of the most badass Bond Girls join forces to portray one of the most iconic lesbian couples of all time, you know that day is going to be a good one. With Eva Green (Casino Royale) and Gemma Arterton (Quantum Of Solace) both signed on to play famed literary legends Virginia Woolf and her lover Vita Sackville-West in upcoming movie Vita & Virginia, all what was once wrong with the world suddenly became so very, very right.


The Screenplay Of 'Vita & Virginia' Is Written By Award Winning Actress, Eileen Atkins

'Quantum Of Solace' [Credit: Columbia Pictures]
'Quantum Of Solace' [Credit: Columbia Pictures]

News of Vita & Virginia first broke over at the Hollywood Reporter, who announced that alongside Eva Green and Gemma Arterton being attached to the movie, so was director Chanya Button. — she gained notoriety with her debut feature movie Burn, Burn, Burn back in 2015.

Vita & Virginia will be based on a script co-written by Button and Eileen Atkins, an award winning actress in her own right, having starred in Cold Mountain, Robin Hood, Cranford and Gosford Park. Atkins clearly has a huge fascination for Virginia, having already transformed perhaps Woolf's most famous novel, Mrs Dalloway, into a screenplay which was then made into a movie starring Vanessa Redgrave, Natascha McElhone and Michael Kitchen.

A Sexual Relationship That Lasted Nearly A Decade

'The Dreamers' [Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures]
'The Dreamers' [Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures]

Giving us a little more information about the story behind Vita & Virginia, The Hollywood Reporter released the following statement:

"Virginia Stephen married Leonard Woolf in 1912, and then met socialite and author Vita Sackville-West, wife of Harold Nicolson, in 1922. They began a sexual relationship that lasted nearly a decade, as shown in their various letters and diary entries."

'Hansel And Gretel - Witch Hunters' [Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures]
'Hansel And Gretel - Witch Hunters' [Credit: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures]

While their relationship ultimately did not last romantically, fortunately they were both able to remain good friends until Virginia committed suicide in 1941 — an event which is dramatically portrayed in The Hours, for which Nicole Kidman won an Oscar for her portrayal of Virginia.

'Vita & Virginia' Will Be A Visceral Love Story

Speaking to Variety, director Chanya Button opened up a little more on the nature of the movie itself, highlighting the importance of Virginia's novel Orlando which Vita's son once described as being "the longest and most charming love letter in literature." Using that as her starting point, Button went on to state:

“Focusing on the time in 1927-8 during which Woolf wrote Orlando, the novel their relationship inspired, Vita & Virginia will be a visceral love story, a vivid exploration of creativity, and an energized perspective on one of our most iconic writers.”

'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]

She also went on to state that Vita & Virginia will redefine the way we think about females, and especially relationships between women which took place in the past:

“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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