Lesley Manville Covets Dior in the Trailer for 'Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris'

Lesley Manville in 'Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris' (Photo: Focus Features)

The Lesley Manville renaissance is truly upon us, with the Academy Award-nominated actress seemingly in every possible project all at once. (This is not in any way a complaint, for the record.)

In just the past handful of years, she's played scheming madam Lydia Quigley in Harlots, the titular mother Cathy in Mumand snotty socialite Robina Chase in World on Fire, and she's apparently only just getting started. World on Fire is set to return for a second season, but in the meantime, you'll be able to find Manville in nearly a half dozen new high-profile projects, as she takes on the role of Princess Margaret in the final seasons of Netflix hit The Crownleads new mystery series Magpie Murders, and plays the elder Madame de Merteuil in Starz's upcoming Dangerous Liaisons prequel. 

And if all that isn't enough, the trailer for her next feature film is here, a charming period comedy called Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris. 

Based on Paul Gallico's 1958 novel Mrs. 'Arris Goes to Paris—though the film's title has clearly dropped the Cockney accent—the story follows a widowed cleaning woman named Ada Harris who falls in love with a couture Christian Dior evening gown and decides she'll do whatever it takes to own one herself. The ensuing adventure will take her to the streets of Paris itself and open up a life she never thought possible. Full of colorful period details and 1950s fashion, the film already feels like a love letter to the City of Light and the power of following your dreams.

Watch the trailer for yourselves below. 

 

Starring alongside Manville are such familiar faces as Rose Williams (Sanditon), Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter franchise), Anna Chancellor (The Hour), Freddie Fox (The Pursuit of Love), Lucas Bravo (Emily in Paris), Alba Baptista (Warrior Nun), Isabelle Huppert (Call My Agent), and Lambert Wilson (The Matrix Resurrections). 

The official synopsis is simple and straightforward. 

MRS. HARRIS GOES TO PARIS is the enchanting tale of a seemingly ordinary British housekeeper whose dream to own a couture Christian Dior gown takes her on an extraordinary adventure to Paris.

The film is being produced in partnership with the House of Dior (so you know the clothes will be on point) and is directed by Anthony Fabian in his first feature since 2013's Louder Than Words

Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris will arrive in theaters on July 15.


Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

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