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Powerhouses of the big and small screen are joining another, Jim Broadbent, in the film based on the bestselling novel The Sense of an Ending.

Michelle Dockery
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The cast of the film adaptation of The Sense of an Ending, the 2011 Man Booker Prize-winning novel written by Julian Barnes (Arthur & George), is growing into a who’s who of British acting.

First reported in an exclusive by Deadline, Emmy® nominee Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Independent Spirit Awards winner Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom), Berlin International Film Festival award winner Charlotte Rampling (Broadchurch), and British Independent Film Awards nominee Harriet Walter (Law & Order: UK) have boarded the film.

They join Oscar® winner Jim Broadbent (Iris), who stars as  Tony Webster. The story follows Tony, a middle-aged, amicably-divorced pensioner whose recollections about close childhood friendships are shattered after an old flame leaves him a bequest: the diary of a mutual friend from decades ago.

The Sense of an EndingIn struggling to deal with what’s in front of him, Tony embarks on a journey of self-discovery, wherein he must re-examine his life, rethink things he thought he understood, and redefine his views on the nature of his being and his place in the world.

Billy Howle (Glue), Freya Mavor (Sunshine on Leith), and Joe Alwyn (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk) are also joining the cast.

The Sense of an Ending is being adapted by Olivier Award-nominated playwright Nick Payne (Constellations), and will be directed by Cannes Film Festival winner Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox).

Producing the film are David Thompson and Ed Rubin of Origin Pictures, and executive producers are Christine Langan and Ed Weathered of BBC Films, along with Ben Browning and Glen Basner of Film Nation and Norman Merry of LipSync Productions.

Principal photography begins the 16th of August 2015, on location in London and Bristol.


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The Sense of an Ending: Michelle Dockery, Emily Mortimer, Charlotte Rampling, Harriet Walter Join Film