Carrie Mulligan, Ralph Fiennes, and Lily James? I’m sold. The trio star in the upcoming Netflix drama “The Dig”, an adaptation of John Preston’s 2007 novel. The filmed is helmed by Australian director Simon Stone from a script by screenwriter and playwright Moira Buffini. It was originally set to star Nicole Kidman, but she left the project and was replaced by Mulligan. I like that change.
“The Dig” reimagines the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, England. With World War II boiling in the background, Mulligan plays a widow who hires an amateur archaeologist (played by Fiennes) to excavate Anglo-Saxon burial grounds on her property. They end up making a historic attention-getting discovery that scratches a scab from the country’s past. I really like the look of this. The cast, the story, the set design. I’m onboard.
“The Dig” is set for a limited theater release January 15, 2021 before releasing on Netflix January 29th. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.