Benedict Cumberbatch & Olivia Colman to Lead Jay Roach’s “The Roses”

Olivia Colman and her award for best lead actress at the 91st Annual Academy Awards
Olivia Colman and her award for best lead actress at the 91st Annual Academy Awards. Photo by Andrew H. Walker/BEI/REX/Shutterstock (10117224ey)

Jay Roach is working on his reimagining of the 1989 classic The War of the Roses, and its cast is shaping up to be amazing. Oscar winner Olivia Colman and two-time Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch have been tapped to lead Roach’s new film The Roses.

The Roses will center on a seemingly picture-perfect couple Theo (Cumberbatch) and Ivy (Colman), who have successful careers and great kids. When Theo’s professional dreams come crashing down, the façade of their perfect family is ruined, igniting a tinderbox of competition and resentment.

Warren Adler’s novel The War of the Roses, which previously inspired the 1989 adaptation starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, served as inspiration for Roach’s new adaptation. Tony McNamara (Poor Things) developed the script.

Cumberbatch produces the film under his SunnyMarch banner, and so does Colman via South of the River with Ed Sinclair and Tom Carver.

“We have been cooking this up with our friends at SunnyMarch for some time, and it was been an absolute thrill to see it spring into life under Jay’s passionate and thoughtful guidance. He and Tony are a match made in cinematic comedy heaven,” reads South of the River’s official statement.

Colman is fresh off starring in Wonka and TV shows Great Expectations and Secret Invasion, while Cumberbatch appeared in a series of Wes Anderson’s short films based on Roald Dahl’s stories, including the Oscar-winning The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar.