Dearest members of the ‘ton, rejoice! You won’t have to wait for the third season premiere of Bridgerton to get your high society fix. This summer, Mr. Malcolm’s List brings Regency-era London romance to the big screen. Based on Suzanne Allain’s novel of the same name, Emma Holly Jones’ adaptation stars Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù as handsome, mysterious Mr. Malcolm and Zawe Ashton as Julia Thistlewaite, who was left humiliated by a failed courtship with the wealthy bachelor.
Having fallen short of Mr. Malcolm’s list of requirements for a bride herself, Julia hatches a plan to enact revenge by training her friend Selina Dalton (Freida Pinto) to play the role of his perfect match. With the help of her cousin Lord Cassidy (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), Julia sets out to prepare Selina to check all of Mr. Malcolm’s boxes in the name of “poetic justice.”
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As the two grow closer, the line between revenge and romance becomes blurrier and blurrier until everyone involved is left wondering what’s real.
Watch Julia and Selina plot Mr. Malcolm’s comeuppance in the romantic new trailer below:
You can also expect to see some familiar faces when Mr. Malcolm’s List arrives in theaters. Theo James (The Time Traveler’s Wife, Divergent) stars as Captain Henry Ossory with Ashley Park (Emily in Paris) as Gertie Covington.
Distributed by Bleecker Street, the film was produced by Laura Rister, Laura Lewis, Katie Holly and Jones, per The Hollywood Reporter. Costume design is courtesy of Pam Downe, with production design by Ray Ball, music by Amelia Warner, and casting by Tamara-Lee Notcutt. Kate Hickey serves as editor for the film, with Tony Miller BSC as the director of photography.
Mr. Malcolm’s List hits theaters July 1.
Regency is All the Rage
The high society of Regency-era London has enjoyed renewed popularity in the past couple of years, largely thanks to Netflix’s Bridgerton. Based on novels by Julia Quinn and produced by Shonda Rhimes, the period drama following the romantic pursuits of the privileged Bridgerton children quickly became one of the streaming service’s top English-language shows—Variety reports that the show’s first season racked up 625.49 million hours viewed in its first 28 days on the platform.
Autumn de Wilde’s Emma also takes place during the Regency era. A 2020 adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel of the same name, the film follows Emma Woodhouse (Anya Taylor-Joy), an independent, wealthy young woman with a penchant for matchmaking. The cast also includes Mia Goth (X) and Josh O’Connor (The Crown).
Whether this is your first foray into high society or you’re a seasoned Regency fan, Mr. Malcolm’s List is sure to make you swoon.