Cynthia Erivo to lead film adaptation of Prima Facie

For over a year, the one-woman show Prima Facie has captivated audiences at both the West End and Broadway particularly through the lead performance of its star Jodie Comer.

Based on the acclaimed play by Suzie Miller, the gritty one-woman show has garnered strong acclaim with two Olivier Awards wins and multiple nominations at the upcoming Tony Awards.

In a turn of events, the play is now getting a big-screen adaptation, albeit with a new leading lady. Oscar-nominated actress Cynthia Erivo (Harriet, Luther: The Fallen Sun) will tackle the challenging role of Tessa, a brilliant yet arrogant lawyer who justifies her reasons for defending rapists only to then become a victim herself.

Cynthia will also executive produce the project which is set to be directed by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Susanna White (Bleak House, Andor).

On the news, Cynthia said;

“I am thrilled to be joining Suzie, Susanna, Participant, Bunya and the rest of the team on this journey. Tessa’s experience sheds such vulnerable light on the complex conversations around consent and sexual abuse and the law that surrounds it, which is all too relatable for so many and timely for all.”

Currently in production on the hugely-anticipated screen adaptation of Wicked, Cynthia also praised Jodie’s stage performance as Tessa.

“Jodie’s powerhouse exploration of that struggle on Broadway is nothing short of beautiful and heart-wrenching. When I read this script I knew it was important work to do. I look forward to getting to know who Tessa is to me as ‘Prima Facie’ goes from stage to screen.”

Jodie has already claimed multiple accolades for her portrayal of Tessa including the Best Actress prize at last month’s Olivier Awards. She is also a heavy favourite to win the same prize at next month’s Tony Awards.

1 Comment on "Cynthia Erivo to lead film adaptation of Prima Facie"

  1. Anne Bennett | May 15, 2023 at 5:16 pm | Reply

    Watched the filmed version from London at the cinema, Jodie was absolutely captivating. I wonder if she would be in the filmed version too.

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