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Angourie Rice to star in Australian drama Ladies in Black

Angourie Rice

Story by Jack Foley

ANGOURIE Rice is to star in new Australian period drama Ladies in Black for director Bruce Beresford.

An adaptation of Madeleine St. John’s 1993 best-selling Australian novel The Women in Black, the film will be set in 1959 in the high-end department store Goodes.

Rice will play a shy schoolgirl named Lisa, who takes a summer job at the store while waiting for the results of her final exams.

Once there, she meets the ‘ladies in black’, a glamorous set of Goodes employees, and falls under the influence of Magda (Julia Ormond), the vivacious manager of the high-fashion floor.

She also becomes friends with fellow saleswomen Fay (Rachel Taylor) and Patty, gradually turning from a bookish girl to a glamorous, positive young woman.

As she grows in confidence, she becomes a catalyst for a cultural change in everyone’s lives.

Rice, of Australian descent, was most recently seen in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming as well as Sofia Coppola’s remake of The Beguiled. She made her breakthrough playing Ryan Gosling’s streetwise daughter in The Nice Guys.

Ladies In Black, which is being described as a feel-good film, will see Rice return home to Sydney.

Beresford, who has just completed work on the Lifetime TV movie Flint starring Queen Latifah, said he was “thrilled to have assembled such a talented cast, who will bring to life wonderfully the varied characters from Madeleine St John’s novel”.

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