In Sophie Hyde’s ‘The Ideal Wife’, Emilia Clarke Will Play Oscar Wilde’s Wife and Irish Writer Constance Lloyd (EXCLUSIVE)


In “The Ideal Wife,” directed by Sophie Hyde from “Good Luck, Leo Grande,” Emilia Clarke will play Constance Lloyd, an Irish playwright who was married to Oscar Wilde.

The film, whose story is as yet unknown, is produced by Embankment Films (“The Father,” “The Sun”) and will be available for purchase during this week’s US Film Market, which begins Tuesday.

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“The Ideal Wife” will throw light on Lloyd, a writer and feminist activist who was involved in the costume reform movement, which advocated for women to wear casual attire instead of the suffocating Victorian costumes of the day.

In 1884, Lloyd married Wilde, and the couple had two sons. However, when Wilde was sentenced to two years in prison for homosexuality, which was still illegal at the time (it was only made a felony in England and Wales in 1967), Lloyd relocated to Switzerland with his children. went separated him from the author.

“The Ideal Wife” (Emilia Clarke) would be a follow-up to Hyde’s “Good Luck, Leo Grande”, which starred Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack and premiered at Sundance and Berlinale.

Searchlight released the film in the United States. “52 Tuesdays,” Hyde’s feature debut, received Best Director at Sundance and a Crystal Bear in Berlin.

“Animals,” his sophomore film, also played at Sundance and won Best First Screenplay at the British Independent Film Awards.

“The Ideal Wife” is produced by Olivier Delbosch of Paris-based Curiosa Films (“Stars at Noon”), Chris Curling of Zephyr Films in the United Kingdom, and Matthew Gladhill of Wheelhouse Productions.

Clark’s next projects include Václav Marhaul’s film “McCarthy” on infamous US Senator Joseph McCarthy, in which she will co-star with Michael Shannon.

Pam McKinnon’s “Clybourne Park” starring Sarah Paulson, Anthony Mackie, and Martin Freeman; Francis O’Connor’s “Emily,” featuring Emma McKay as writer Emily Bront; And Florian Zeller’s “The Sun,” starring Hugh Jackman, and Laura Dern, and Vanessa Kirby, is also on Embankment Films’ slate.

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