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Olivia Colman and Dakota Johnson join Maggie Gyllenhaal's directorial debut The Lost Daughter

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Story by Jack Foley

OLIVIA Colman and Dakota Johnson have joined the cast of Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut The Lost Daughter.

They will be joined in the ensemble by Jessie Buckley and Peter Sarsgaard. The film is described as a psychological drama that has also been written by Gyllenhaal.

Colman will play an elegant college professor on a seaside summer vacation who becomes consumed by Nina (Johnson) and her young daughter as she watches them on the beach, only to be overwhelmed by fearful memories of early motherhood.

Colman is currently riding high off the critical acclaim surrounding her performance as The Queen in Netflix hit The Crown. She also won the best actress Oscar for last year’s The Favourite, as well as citing the likes of Broadchurch and The Night Manager on her CV.

Commenting on the casting news in a statement, Gyllenhaal said: “ find that the script has attracted other people interested in exploring these secret truths about motherhood, sexuality, femininity, desire. And I’m thrilled to continue my collaboration with such brave and exciting actors and filmmakers.”

The Lost Daughter is based on the novel by Elena Ferrante.

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