SCREEN legend Dame Joan Collins will be starring in a ‘Thelma and Louise’ style drama set to be partly filmed in Dorset.
The star will team up with fellow British actress Pauline Collins in The Time of their Lives, which is due to start shooting later this year.
There is even a call-out for experienced Dorset-based extras of all ages to be a part of the road movie, which will see Dame Joan play a former Hollywood siren, Helen, who escapes her London retirement home with the help of Priscilla (Pauline Collins), a repressed English housewife trapped in a bad marriage.
Together, and with limited resources, the two women travel to France for Helen’s ex-husband’s funeral.
While they’re on the road, however, they become entangled in a love triangle with a reclusive French millionaire played by Franco Nero.
The recently established Dorset Film Office has put out the casting call and will provide support to the production company once it arrives in Dorset for filming.
Director Gillian Tully said: “It’s fabulous to have Joan Collins filming here in Dorset, especially as we’ve only just launched.
“We can’t say too much about the production, just that it’s going to be filmed in parts of Dorset and Hampshire.”
Although the full cast is yet to be revealed, Bournemouth-based actor Laurent C. Lucas will play a detective in the film.”
Dame Joan told ScreenDaily when the film was first announced that “the fact that it’s a buddy movie along the lines of Thelma and Louise, with a hint of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, really interested me.”
The 83-year-old added there were “very few roles” for older women these days.
The film will be directed by Roger Goldby who has worked on the likes of Call the Midwife and Hustle. Tim Rice is the executive producer, and he will also oversee the soundtrack, which is set to feature French pop hits from the 60s.
Gillian said she got in touch with the film’s producers not long after setting up the Dorset Film Office.
She added the organisation aims to be the “first port-of-call” for productions filming in the county, encouraging the use of local crews, suppliers, and services.
Anyone interested in being an extra in The Time of their Lives can visit dorsetfilmoffice.com, or contact Gillian on 01202 980 800.