Netflix has released the first look at the upcoming film “The Dig,” based on the 2007 novel of the same name by John Preston, and starring Carey Mulligan, Lily James, and Ralph Fiennes. It tells the story of the most famous archaeological dig in modern British history – the discovery of the Anglo-Saxon burial ship at Sutton Hoo, known as “Britain’s Tutankhamun”.
Carey stars as Edith Pretty, an English landowner on whose land the Sutton Hoo ship burial was discovered after she had paid Basil Brown (Ralph Fiennes), a local archaeologist, to find out if anything lay beneath the mounds on her property.
According to Digital Spy, Lily James admitted that the dark nature of the film and the paranoia her character experiences had a big impact on her while filming. “Towards the end of making it, I started getting this thing where my heart was beating so loudly that you could hear it,” she said. “It’s really scary. All of a sudden, you become very, very aware of your heartbeat and you can feel it going really fast. And when you look at the psychological aspect of the book, and the darkness and the twistedness in it, it suddenly made sense.”
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