Anne Hathaway and Michaela Coel will play lovers in pop epic Mother Mary: ‘Slay of the century’

Michaela Coel and Anne Hathaway against a love heart background.

Anne Hathaway and Michaela Coel are teaming up to play girlfriends in Mother Mary, an upcoming A24 film about a pop star’s relationship with her fashion designer.

Billed as an “epic pop melodrama”, Deadline reports that the new film follows a fictional pop artist (Hathaway) and her relationship with an iconic fashion designer (Coel). In other words, an LGBTQ+ pop romance that will almost definitely have dark undertones.

But that’s not all, because Mother Mary‘s soundtrack will be created entirely by queer fan favourite Charli XCX, while Jack Antonoff, best known for producing music for Lana Del Rey, Lorde and Taylor Swift, will assist with soundtrack duties.

The film’s title either alludes to Jesus’ mother or the gay Twitter meme about women being a bit slay. Knowing what we know already, we’re assuming it’s the latter. 

According to Deadline, Mother Mary will be created by A24, the film production company behind the Oscar-sweeping Everything Everywhere All at Once and hit HBO show Euphoria.

David Lowery, known for A Ghost Story and The Green Knight, has written the script and will sit in the director’s chair. 

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Predictably, LGBTQ+ twitter has gone into meltdown, as a number of queer interests collide at once.

Queer band MUNA wrote: “Dear government who created this film specifically for me (to neutralise my mind): please release it tonight. Lots of work to catch up on but I’m honestly free right now and around to watch it tonight.”

One fan wrote: “Mother Mary? More like mothers to many.”

“Pop star… fashion designer… lesbians… a24… yeah they made it for me,” another enthused.

“This feels very LGBT,” another summarised.

Naturally, the all-star casting has received an excitable response online, with some announcements about the film being viewed nearly nine million times on Twitter.

If Mother Mary does turn out to be a fully-fledged lesbian drama, it won’t be Hathaway’s only such film in the pipeline. Eileen, based on the 2015 novel of the same name, will see the Les Mis star in the titular role, playing an unhappy, slightly twisted woman who develops an obsession with a prison co-worker.

It won’t be Coel’s first time at the queer character rodeo, either. While the actress is best known for her award-winning performance in 2020 drama I May Destroy You, she starred in 2022’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as the queer, albeit quietly so, character Aneka.

Mother Mary starts filming in Germany later this year.

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