One of Hollywood’s fastest rising stars, Florence Pugh (Midsommar; Fighting With My Family) has bagged herself yet another leading role. This time Pugh will explore the whodunit genre with Universal’s The Maid, based on the upcoming debut novel by Nita Prose. Both Pugh and Prose will serve as producers on the film.
Pugh had a critically acclaimed 2019, starring in Fighting with My Family, Midsommar and Little Women.
Universal commented that the story has elements of “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” (Gail Honeyman’s award winning novel) as well as all the staples of a classic Agatha Christie murder mystery. Pugh will play Molly, a hotel maid who finds herself deeper than expected in the murderous and gritty underbelly of her workplace.
The Maid joins an already strong line-up of projects for Pugh. The actress will take her first steps into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the much delayed Black Widow, now due to release in May 2021. Pugh will play Yelena Belova and is expected to take over the mantle of Black Widow, in fitting with the source material. Her character has already been announced to appear in the spin off series Hawkeye which will air on Disney Plus in 2021.
Outside of the MCU, Pugh has established herself as one of the best working actresses today. She gained a huge amount of recognition in Ari Aster’s Midsommar and found even more success with her role as Amy in Greta Gerwig‘s Little Women which resulted in an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Josh McLaughlin and Chris Goldberg are set to co-produce the film alongside Pugh and Prose through their companies Wink Pictures and Winterlight Pictures respectively.
While the film adaptation has no planned release date, the novel is expected to hit shelves in 2022.