In an unfortunate turn of events, and like many other films that were set to arrive in the coming months, the release date of director Edward Hall’s film reimagining of Noël Coward’s 1941 comic play Blithe Spirit has been pushed to September 4 — rather than May 1.
Blithe Spirit is a darkly humorous film about crime novelist Charles Condomine, portrayed by Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Legion), who’s suffering from a bout of writer’s block amidst a looming deadline for his first screenplay. One thing leads to another and Charles turns to a medium (who has been recently exposed as a fraud) known as Madame Arcati, played by Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love). While performing a séance, Madame Arcati accidentally summons the spirit of Charles’ late wife Elvira (Leslie Mann, This Is 40). This proves to be quite problematic, as he is since then happily married to his picture-perfect second wife Ruth (Isla Fisher, Confessions of a Shopaholic) and must now contend with the determined and jealous spirit of Elvira — who is most certainly on a mission to kill him so they can spend the rest of eternity together.
Watch the trailer below.
Blithe Spirit will arrive in theaters in the UK on September 4.