The movie, for whose narrative details are currently under wraps, is being represented by Embankment Films (“The Father,” “The Son”) and will be pitched during the American Film Market, which begins on Tuesday.
“An Ideal Wife” will shed light on Lloyd, who was a writer and feminist activist who participated in the dress reform movement, which fought to allow women to wear more comfortable clothing than the constricting Victorian gowns of the day. In 1884, Lloyd wed Wilde, and the couple produced two sons. However, once Wilde was sentenced to two years in prison for homosexuality, which was still illegal at the time (it would not be decriminalized in England and Wales until 1967), Lloyd relocated to Switzerland with their children and isolated them from the author.
“An Ideal Wife” will be Hyde’s follow-up to “Good Luck to You, Leo Grande,” which starred Emma Thompson and Daryl McCormack and had its Sundance and Berlinale premieres, respectively. Domestic distribution was handled by Searchlight. “52 Tuesdays,” Hyde’s first feature film, received the best director at Sundance and the Crystal Bear at Berlin. Her sophomore effort, “Animals,” also premiered at Sundance and won the British Independent Film Award for outstanding debut screenplay.
Olivier Delbosc at Paris-based Curiosa Films (“Stars at Noon”), Chris Curling (“Falling”) at Zephyr Films in the United Kingdom, and Matthew Gledhill (“Madame”) at Wheelhouse Productions are producing “An Ideal Wife.”
Clarke will star opposite Michael Shannon in “McCarthy,” Václav Marhoul’s film about the infamous U.S. senator Joseph McCarthy, in which she will appear.
Embankment Films’ lineup also includes “Clybourne Park,” starring Sarah Paulson, Anthony Mackie, and Martin Freeman; “Emily,” featuring Emma Mackey as writer Emily Bront; and “The Son,” starring Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, and Vanessa Kirby.