James McAvoy And Sharon Horgan To Star In Pandemic Drama, And It Sounds Very Relatable

McAvoy and Horgan play a couple who hate each other and must confront their relationship when they go into lockdown.

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The list of pandemic-inspired movies is growing, as James McAvoy (Split) and Sharon Horgan (Military Wives) will appear in a new film called Together about a struggling couple who become forced into lockdown.

The Crown's Stephen Daldry is directing the movie, which is written by Utopia's Dennis Kelly. Together takes place in the UK at the start of the pandemic and its lockdowns in March 2020. The movie will follow McAvoy and Horgan's characters through until present day.

They play a husband and wife who--like many people in the real world--took time to re-evaluate their relationship and themselves amidst the pandemic and lockdowns. The BBC reported that break-ups and divorces spiked in the UK during the pandemic, so this story is likely to hit home for some people.

"Horgan plays a charity worker who is a co-ordinator for all of Europe at a refugee charity, while McAvoy plays a self-employed man who runs a boutique computing consultancy. He's been forced to furlough his staff and take up growing vegetables. The couple share a 10-year-old son, who is the one thing that has kept his parents' relationship together--until lockdown," reads a line from the BBC Two movie's description (via Variety).

McAvoy and Horgan's characters "totally hate each other," and they were able to manage this before the lockdown by staying physically distant. But the pandemic changed everything.

"It's about how humans negotiate their shared experiences when they think they have nothing in common other than staying alive, and it's about how you can hate what you love and love what you hate," he said.

McAvoy said he's a fan of Kelly's writing, and after learning Horgan and Daldry were involved, he said it was a "no-brainer" to sign on. "It's a hilarious, heartfelt, entertaining, and unconsciously funny exploration of a relationship and a couple facing real tragedy across a year we have all lived through," he said.

Horgan said she wasn't keen on doing a COVID drama until she read Kelly's script. She also revealed that filming took place over 10 days, and she described the process as a "beautifully stressful experience."

"It also felt like we were making something important. And the fact that it feels like news means that the COVID death toll, the tragedy of so many lives lost unnecessarily, has not been talked about enough," Horgan said.

It was recently revealed that Phil Lord and Chris Miller are set to direct a pandemic movie, while comedy legend Judd Apatow is making a meta-movie about the pandemic and actors who get stuck in hotel quarantine.

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