Limelight and Boies Schiller Entertainment announced today that they will once again collaborate to bring the comedy Providence to life, starring Lily James, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Himesh Patel. The plot follows the residents of a small island hamlet whose lives are turned upside down after a murder occurs in the once-peaceful neighbourhood, as exclusively revealed by Deadline. As they investigate, the assassination becomes increasingly bizarre, as do the reasons for it. Limelight and BSE have yet to reveal the roles of the three principal performers.
Gordon-Levitt, a two-time Emmy winner, is coming off of two very different projects: in Apple TV+’s Mr. Corman, he played a public school teacher in the San Fernando Valley, and he also developed and directed all of Season 1’s episodes. In Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, Gordon-Levitt portrayed billionaire and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick for Showtime. The anthology series focuses on tech moguls who have impacted the world in some way as a result of their start-ups. In the upcoming live-action remake of Pinnochio, the actor will also play Jiminy Cricket.
James has appeared in a number of high-profile films and television shows, including Cinderella, Baby Driver, and Downton Abbey, but her latest appearance in the Hulu series Pam & Tommy could be the turning point in her career. The plot revolves around the infamous Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee (played by Sebastian Stan) leaked sex tape that transformed their lives forever – for the better and for the worst. Though Anderson herself did not approve of the series, James’ performance as Anderson has been hailed as a career high.
Patel had a long run in the highly renowned British soap EastEnders, but he shot to international fame after starring in Yesterday, a musical comedy about a guy who is the only one who remembers The Beatles ever existed – James also played his love interest in the film. Patel has starred in Don’t Look Up, Station Eleven, and Christopher Nolan’s Tenet following his career-changing performance.
Potsy Ponciroli, who previously directed Old Henry and Super Zeroes, will direct Providence. Michael Vukadinovich, who wrote Marvel’s Runaways, the Jim Carrey dramedy series Kidding, and is attached to write the upcoming sequel Beetlejuice 2, wrote the screenplay. Providence begins principal photography in North Carolina this week.
Additional cast members and a release date for Providence have yet to be revealed by Limelight and BSE. Keep an eye on Collider for updates on the project as it develops.