Joy: Everything We Know About Netflix’s IVF Biopic Starring Bill Nighy


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Netflix UK continues to fee and start manufacturing on new reveals and flicks regardless of the continuing Hollywood strikes. One of those new productions is a film known as Joy, based mostly on the true story of the world’s first in vitro fertilization child starring Bill Nighy, James Norton, and Thomasin Mackenzie.

Netflix’s Joy is helmed by director Ben Taylor, recognized for engaged on episodes of Netflix’s Sex Education. The screenplay was crafted by BAFTA winner Jack Thorne, who developed the script alongside his spouse, Rachel Mason.

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ScreenDaily first scooped the brand new film on September twenty third, 2023.

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Director Ben Taylor

Taylor mentioned in a press release:

“I am a lifelong Jack Thorne fan, and it has been such a thrill to work with him and Rachel on my first feature film. As the proud father to two boys only made possible by IVF, this is a story extremely close to my heart. It’s an honour to bring to life the journey of this heroic trio, whose world-changing work was only achieved in the face of unimaginable opposition. Thomasin, James and Bill – together with the rest of the cast – are an embarrassment of riches. I’m delighted that Pathe, Wildgaze and Netflix entrusted me with this brilliant story.”

Jack Thorne added:

“It took Rachel and I seven rounds of IVF to have Elliott, so when the opportunity came to tell the story of the pioneers, I jumped at the chance and suggested Rachel might like to jump too, The more we discovered, the more amazed we were, at the audacity of the science and the lack of support from the scientific community. It is an incredible story. Working on this with our incredible cast, wonderful director Ben and the brilliant producers at Wildgaze, Pathe and Netflix has been a joy.”

Joy is produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey from the UK’s Wildgaze manufacturing firm, whereas Cameron McCracken serves as the chief producer for Pathe.

What’s the plot of Joy?

Here’s a short description of Netflix’s Joy:

“Spanning from 1968 to 1978, the film will follow three trailblazers facing opposition from the church, state, media and medical establishment, in their pursuit of the world’s first ‘test tube baby’, Louise Joy Brown.”

The trailblazers in query are obstetrician and gynecologist Patrick Steptoe, physiologist Robert Edwards and nurse and embryologist Jean Purdy. The three of them have been pioneers in reproductive medication and Edwards was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 2010. Steptoe and Purdy weren’t awarded as by 2010 each have been deceased and the Nobel prize isn’t awarded posthumously.

The movie is titled after the center identify of Louise Joy Brown, the primary human to be born from in vitro fertilization on July 25, 1978. Her delivery, following a process pioneered in Britain, has been lauded amongst “the most remarkable medical breakthroughs of the 20th Century”.

Louise Brown celebrated her fortieth Birthday in 2018 and a ebook was launched across the identical time.

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Who is solid in Netflix’s Joy?

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L-R: James Norton, Bill Nighy and Thomasin Mackenzie in Joy (Credit: Netflix)

The solid of Netflix’s Joy will likely be led by Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Hot Fuzz, Underworld), James Norton (Little Women, Happy Valley, McMafia) and Thomasin Mckenzie (JoJo Rabbit, Last Night in Soho). Nighy will play Patrick Steptoe, an obstetrician and gynecologist, Norton will play Robert Edwards, a physiologist and Mackenzie will painting Jean Purdy, a nurse and embryologist.

What’s the manufacturing standing of Joy?

Production for Joy is presently underway within the UK. Cameras began rolling for the film in September 2023 and can proceed for a number of months.

What’s the Netflix launch date of Joy?

Netflix hasn’t introduced the official launch date for Joy, however contemplating the manufacturing schedule, the film releasing within the second half of 2024 would make most sense.

In the meantime, Netflixers within the United States can watch Bill Nighy’s glorious (and Oscar-winning) Living, which dropped on Netflix earlier this 12 months as a part of the Sony first window deal.

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