Alan Rickman to Star in Adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s Dan Leno And The Limehouse Golem
Alan Rickman, Olivia Cooke and Douglas Booth are set to star in Jane Goldman’s adaptation of Peter Ackroyd’s best-selling novel Dan Leno And The Limehouse Golem, with Lionsgate acquiring UK and Ireland rights.
The film will be directed by Juan Carlos Medina and Number 9 Films’ Stephen Woolley, Elizabeth Karlsen and Joanna Laurie will produce.
The Limehouse Golem is a Gothic murder mystery and is set in London in 1880.
In the dangerous Limehouse district, a series of murders have shaken the community. So monstrous and ruthless are these crimes, the press claim they’re the work of The Golem — a legendary creature from dark times.
Confronted by a murderer of a yet unknown kind and with no genuine leads, the police put the vastly experienced Detective Inspector Kildare on the case, a scapegoat for when the next victim surfaces.
Dan Leno, the great music hall comedian, was known in his lifetime as ‘the funniest man on earth’. So how could he have been involved in one of the most curious episodes in London’s history when, in a short period during the autumn of 1880, a series of murders was attributed to the mysterious ‘Limehouse Golem’?
In Peter Ackroyd’s novel the world of late-Victorian music hall and pantomime becomes implicated in a number of sinister scenes and episodes, and the connection between the light and dark sides of nineteenth-century London begins to attract such contemporary figures as George Gissing and Karl Marx. But there are also less well-known characters who play a significant role in the narrative. What, for example, is the secret of Elizabeth Cree, about to hang for the murder of her husband?