Rebecca Hall (Dorian Gray, Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1974), Dominic West (Hannibal Rising, Centurion) and Imelda Staunton (Alice in Wonderland) have been set to star in the supernatural thriller The Awakening which marks the feature directorial debut of celebrated UK TV director Nick Murphy. Shooting will begin in June. Set in post-World War I England in 1921, the film follows a skeptical woman who travels to a countryside boarding school to investigate rumours of an apparent haunting. Just when she thinks she has debunked the ghost theory, she has a chilling spectral encounter which defies all her rational beliefs. Murphy co-wrote the film with Stephen Volk; Murphy’s TV credits include Surviving Disaster and Occupation.