Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 10°C

Search

Nicole Kidman could star in new film about Sutton Hoo

Nicole Kidman could be starring in a film about Suffolk Picture: MATT CROSSICK/PA IMAGES

Nicole Kidman could be starring in a film about Suffolk Picture: MATT CROSSICK/PA IMAGES

PA Wire/PA Images

Award-winning actress Nicole Kidman and Ipswich-born actor Ralph Fiennes are in talks to star in a new film about Suffolk’s Sutton Hoo, it has emerged.

Suffolk born actor Ralph Fiennes is also in talks to star in The Dig, a film about Sutton Hoo Picture: DOMINIC LIPINSKI/PA IMAGESSuffolk born actor Ralph Fiennes is also in talks to star in The Dig, a film about Sutton Hoo Picture: DOMINIC LIPINSKI/PA IMAGES

The high-profile pair are rumoured to have considered the collaboration when they met at the Telluride Film Festival earlier this month.

Hollywood star Kidman is said to have read a script by Byzantium writer Moira Buffini, adapted from John Preston’s novel about the Sutton Hoo discovery, aptly named ‘The Dig’.

Fiennes, who played Lord Voldermort in Harry Potter, was born in Ipswich and has close connections to Suffolk. He is also rumoured to be on board.

In 2014, Hollywood A-lister Cate Blanchett was also linked to the project.

One of Britain’s greatest archaeological finds – often considered the UK’s Tutankhamun – the Sutton Hoo ship burial was uncovered in 1939.

Revealed in a world exclusive by this newspaper that same year, the earth-shattering discovery sent shockwaves around the archaeological world.

Heavily based on the find, The Dig is said to look closely at the relationship between Edith Pretty – one of the driving forces behind the excavation project – and Basil Brown, a self-taught Suffolk archaeologist employed by the widow in 1937.

Wealthy landowner Mrs Pretty lived in Tranmer House, which overlooked the burial site.

The mounds at Sutton Hoo at sunset Picture: JUSTIN MINNSThe mounds at Sutton Hoo at sunset Picture: JUSTIN MINNS

She had spiritualist learnings, and it was said she became convinced there was treasure in the ancient burial mound because of a vivid dream in which she saw and heard the funeral procession.

On the advice of Guy Maynard at Ipswich Museum, she took on Mr Brown from Rickinghall – and he began to dig with the help of her gardener John Jacobs and gamekeeper William Spooner.

READ MORE: Sutton Hoo – The story behind the treasure

It’s not clear yet when The Dig will be released – and according to its British Film Council listing, it is in pre-production with bosses aiming to start filming next year.

A man has been taken to hospital after being stabbed in Felixstowe.

Police are hunting two men who robbed a bookmakers in Nacton Road, Ipswich, at knifepoint.

With Ipswich’s new flood defence barrier now almost ready to protect the town, an earlier attempt to reduce the risk of flooding is now being removed from the New Cut.

Jewellery and accessory store Claire’s is considering closing a number of stores, it has been revealed.

Plans for one of Europe’s largest flooring distributors to develop disused land in Ipswich has been given the go-ahead – with the firm confirming 80 new jobs.

Could lovely Lady the cat find her forever home with you? The RSPCA is now caring for this adorable pet for a second time.

Ipswich MP Sandy Martin has called on the government to end an anomaly that keeps rail fares from Ipswich higher than other stations with commuters to London.

How far can you expect a jar to travel by sea from the end of Southwold Pier? To the heart of the German industrial area – via Calais.

Ipswich Town star Jordan Roberts put in a man of the match performance while having a kick about with pupils from Thomas Wolsey School.

Police are hunting two men who robbed a bookmakers in Nacton Road, Ipswich, at knifepoint.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24