Here’s the first image from ‘Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears,’ headed to the big screen in 2019!

Essie Davis as The Hon. Phryne Fisher (Photo Credit: Every Cloud Productions/Ben King)

Essie Davis as The Hon. Phryne Fisher (Photo Credit: Every Cloud Productions/Ben King)

Following a highly successful Kickstarter campaign to generate support (and funds) to produce a standalone feature-length return of Miss Phryne Fisher — with her pearl-handled Smith & Wesson in one hand, a cocktail in the other — filming has begun.

And the first image has been released showing that, once again, the original series costume/art director should be given a prominent co-starring role, as it features an impeccably dressed Phryne winding her way through the streets of Morocco.

While producers are keeping much of the film’s content under wraps, Every Cloud Productions has given long-time fans of the popular mystery series a bit of a morsel to, hopefully, slow the separation anxiety tide a bit until the film’s release, most likely, towards the end of 2019. This from a recent Every Cloud press release:

• “British actor Rupert Penry-Jones (Spooks, Whitechapel, Silk) and Australian actors Daniel Lapaine (Zero Dark Thirty, The Durrells in Corfu) and Jacqueline McKenzie (The Water Diviner) have joined the cast of Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears, the feature film based on the international hit television series and best-selling murder mystery books by Kerry Greenwood, which is currently filming in Morocco… The ensemble cast also includes John Stanton (The Dr. Blake Mysteries, Beneath Hill 60), William Zappa (Mad Max 2, A Place to Call Home),  Ian Bliss (Matrix Reloaded), Los Angeles-based Egyptian star Kal Naga (Eyes of a Thief) and the film will introduce Australian actress Izabella Yena to the big screen.”

• “They join Essie Davis (Game of Thrones) who returns in the eponymous lead role as the glamorous private detective The Hon. Phryne Fisher, Nathan Page as Detective Inspector Jack Robinson, Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter, Call the Midwife) as Aunt Prudence, Ashleigh Cummings as the loyal assistant and maid Dorothy ‘Dot’ Collins and Hugo Johnstone-Burt as her adoring husband Constable Hugh Collins. Ashleigh Cummings will be seen in the upcoming international feature The Goldfinch.”

As far as a synopsis of the film goes, Every Cloud was willing to part with this bit of knowledge in the release:

• “In this big-screen Miss Fisher adventure, the exploits of The Hon. Phryne Fisher in 1920s Melbourne, Australia, lead her to murder, mystery and mayhem from London to British Palestine. After freeing a young Bedouin girl (Shirin Abbas) from her unjust imprisonment in Jerusalem, Miss Fisher begins to unravel a decade-old mystery concerning priceless emeralds, ancient curses and the truth behind the suspicious disappearance of Shirin’s forgotten tribe.”

Tellyspotting caught up with series star Essie Davis a few years ago while on the set of filming the second series of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries for a bit of a Q&A to talk about Miss Phryne Fisher.

» If all goes well in Morocco, look for Miss Fisher & The Crypt of Tears in late 2019.

In: Mystery