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Handmaid's Tale and Bridgerton stars team up for new thriller

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Handmaid's Tale and Bridgerton stars join new filmJohn Salangsang - Getty Images

The Handmaid’s Tale star Madeline Brewer and Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor have joined the cast for Anniversary, a new thriller film.

As reported by Deadline, the pair have joined a stacked cast which includes Diane Lane, Kyle Chandler, Zoey Deutch, Mckenna Grace and Daryl McCormack.

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The film, which will be written by Lori Rosene-Gambino and directed by Jan Komasa, will follow a “very close-knit family that is torn apart as new movement ‘The Change’ envelops the US.”

Lionsgate and Fifth Season are launching the project. “It’s rare to read a script that keeps you so captivated and emotionally invested like Anniversary does,” said Fifth Season's Graham Taylor and Chris Rice. “Jan is the perfect filmmaker to bring this thrilling story to life and we are excited to go on this journey with Lionsgate, this talented filmmaking team, and this amazing cast.”


Brewer stars as Janine Lindo on The Handmaid’s Tale, which is due to conclude later this year with a sixth and final season. Speaking exclusively to Digital Spy, creator Bruce Miller teased fans about the prospect of the dystopian series ending, hinting at what is left to come.

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“We’re going to wrap it up on our own terms. It’s something we never get with just the way the business is set up. And also, more importantly, not something everyone would give to the audience,” he said. But I have the benefit of having had two things. I have a book. The book and the author are very much alive and very helpful to me. So we sit and chat about it.

“So I’ve thought of the endgame. But the way I tend to think about story, honestly, is that I think about what I want the characters to [feel],” he added. “Where they’re going to emotionally. And then I usually think about: what’s going to happen to them along that journey?”

The Handmaid's Tale streams on Hulu in the US and both Channel 4 and Prime Video in the UK. Bridgerton seasons 1-2 are streaming now on Netflix. Season 3 is in production. Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story also streams on Netflix.

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