Rachel Weisz is in talks to reunite with her “The Lobster” director Yorgos Lanthimos in “The Favorite,” taking over a role originally pegged for Kate Winslet.
The story follows political machinations behind the scenes during the reign of Queen Anne, the last monarch of the House of Stuarts. It takes place over a period between the end of the 17th century and first years of the 18th century.
Winslet was and now Weisz is up for playing Sarah, a close confidante of Queen Anne (Olivia Colman). Emma Stone is lining up to play Abigail Masham, an impoverished, distant relative of Sarah.
The project, which boasts a script by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, has the likes of Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney and Lee Magiday as producers. Filming begins spring next year.