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The Dig (2021): Cast, Trailer, Plot, Release Date and Everything You Need to Know

‘The Dig’ (2021)  is a 2021 drama, biography, history film.

It is based on the 2007 novel of the same name by John Preston, which reimagines the events of the 1939 excavation of Sutton Hoo.

It is directed by Simon Stone. Screenplay comes from Moira Buffini. Produced by Carolyn Marks Blackwood, Meg Clark, Murray Ferguson, Redmond Morris, Anne Sheehan, Gabrielle Tana and Ellie Wood.

Netflix’s The Dig depicts one of the most famous archaeological digs in modern British history.
In August 2019, the film’s rights moved from BBC Films to Netflix.

But, what can we expect from this film? Here’s everything we know about it so far.

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‘The Dig (2021)’ Cast: Who’s in this movie cast?

So many brilliant people! Taking on the lead roles,

  • Carey Mulligan as Edith Pretty
  • Ralph Fiennes as Basil Brown
  • Lily James as Peggy Piggott
  • Johnny Flynn as Rory Lomax
  • Ben Chaplin as Stuart Piggott
  • Ken Stott as Charles Phillips
  • Archie Barnes as Robert Pretty
  • Monica Dolan as May Brown
  • Arsher Ali as William Grimes
  • Eamon Farren as John Brailsford
  • Amelia Stephenson as Amelia

‘The Dig’ Plot

Set just before WWII reaches the UK, The Dig  is a dramatization of the real excavation of Sutton Hoo in 1938, which led to the ground-breaking discovery of an Anglo-Saxon burial ship.

Sutton Hoo owner Edith Pretty (Carey Mulligan) enlists amateur archaeologist Basil Brown‘s services to dig up the burial mounds on her land.

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Due to the looming war, the museum can’t spare the resources at first. But they do eventually get involved once it’s clear the estate has a whole host of historic discoveries to be made.

The film’s tag lines include: “From the first human handprint on a cave wall, we’re part of something continuous,” and “Nothing stays lost forever”.

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‘The Dig’ Release date

In October 2019, Principal photography began in Shackleford, Surrey, United Kingdom, with location filming taking place in Suffolk near to the original discovery site.

On 15 January 2021, the film had a limited release. On 29 January 2021, Netflix released the film for streaming.

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The film received positive reviews from critics and five nominations for the British Academy Film Awards, including one for Outstanding British Film.

‘The Dig (2021)’ Trailer

The first trailer was released on 3rd December. If you haven’t watch it yet, so get a glimpse of what’s buried under Cary Mulligan‘s estate below:

So, how was the trailer? Did you like it? Do share your thoughts about it in the comments section given at the end of this post.

Final words

The filming drew much attention from Comer residents and visitors as parts of the pier, prom and a car park were put off limits so the scenes could go ahead.

Braintree’s Chris Bibbey, saw part of the action when he was staying at the Red Lion Hotel last year.

He said: “There were 35 extras in their nice, 1930s costumes and they were apparently going to run off onto the beach. There must have been 30 wagons here as well.”

The film was the third-most watched title in its debut weekend, then finished seventh-most watched each of the following two weekends.

So these are the major information about the film. Have you seen this film? Did you like it? Let us know in the comments section given below.

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