Lionsgate has released new trailer for upcoming ‘supernatural’ mystery adventure Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookstore starring Nathalie Cox as eagle-eyed sleuth Miss Willoughby alongside Kelsey Grammer as a longtime friend of the family. The film is slated for digital, on-demand and DVD release on February 8, 2022.
The trailer shows the main character interviewing a plethora of suspicious characters in an array of exquisite and extravagant buildings to rival those in Downton Abbey. It is immediately reminiscent of classic British murder mysteries of the past, such as the long-running TV show Midsomer Murders or the cult hit of Robert Altman in 2001 Gosford Park starring Clive Owen, Emma Watson, Helen Mirren, Stephen Fry, and Michael Gambon, but this time around there’s a slight supernatural element that may or may not be present.
“Pass over Miss Marple, there’s a smart and stylish new sleuth in town – meet Miss Willoughby!” Reads the official synopsis. âOrphan in her childhood, raised by a family friend (Kelsey Grammer, Frasier) and gifted in strategy, literature and martial arts, there is no case that she cannot solve. But even she is baffled when a longtime friend tells her that a ghost haunts the bookstore she runs. Is anyone playing a trick on the poor woman? Is it a hallucination? Or is something more sinister going on? Brew some tea and sit back and watch this thrilling thriller adventure and find out! ”
This is not the first time that Nathalie Cox and Kelsey Grammer have worked together, having also starred in the British Christmas comedy by Philippe Martinez and Mick Davis. Santa is back which hit Netflix last month and also stars Elizabeth Hurley and John Cleese.
It looks like Kelsey Grammer has been a very busy man over the past year with 5 films in 2021 alone, showing no signs of slowing down as she approaches 67. First, he starred in an American coming-of-age comedy film The space between, Rachel Winter’s directorial debut. This was followed by a more serious turn in the drama The God Committee, written and directed by Austin Stark. He starred in another dramatic role in Charming the hearts of men, inspired by real events during the civil rights movement in 1964. He also voiced Blinky Galadrigal in the critically acclaimed computer-animated science fantasy film Troll Hunters: Rise of the Titans directed by Johane Matte, Francisco Ruiz Velasco and Andrew Schmidt. Although not as prolific as Grammer, Nathalie Cox is currently working on British comedy. One year of leave which also Jeff Fahey and Chad Michael Collins, although no release date has yet been confirmed.
Whether or not Miss Willoughby is set to become the next Miss Marple, but audiences are likely to be more receptive to this type of thriller following the success of Knives out. Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookstore is directed by Brad Watson and written by Kate Wood, Chad Law and Josh Ridgway and also stars Louise Bangay, Tara Fitzgerald, Steven Elder, Wayne Gordon, Scarlett Graham, Giacomo Gex and Caroline Quentin.
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