Jessie Buckley and Riz Ahmed are set to star opposite each other in Christos Nikou’s forthcoming sci-fi romance feature film Fingernails.
Jessie Buckley and Riz Ahmed are set to star opposite each other in Christos Nikou’s forthcoming sci-fi romance movie Fingernails. The film will mark the Greek filmmaker’s first English-language feature film following his directorial debut with the well-received 2020 comedy-drama Apples. Fingernails is said to take place in a surreal world where a test has been discovered that measures whether couples are genuinely in love. To help couples succeed, love institutes have been opened to guide them.
Now, Deadline has reported that Jessie Buckley and Riz Ahmed have been tapped to play lead roles in the film, which is currently in development at FilmNation Entertainment, the studio behind acclaimed titles such as 2016’s Arrival and 2021’s Spencer. Director Christos Nikou has penned the screenplay with his Apples co-writer Stavros Raptis and Sam Steiner. Cate Blanchett’s production company Dirty Films will co-produce the film alongside FilmNation. A release date is yet to be announced for the film.
The film was initially meant to star Carey Mulligan, but the Promising Young Woman actress was forced to drop out of the project. However, with Jessie Buckley’s recent onscreen credits, which include 2020’s I’m Thinking of Ending Things and an Oscar-nominated performance for 2021’s The Lost Daughter, her casting could prove to be a stroke of genius. As for Ahmed, the British-Pakistani actor received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor for 2020’s Sound of Metal. Fingernails offers a unique premise and the casting of Buckley and Ahmed promises an intriguing and talented team-up.
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