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Despite the ongoing strikes in Hollywood, Netflix UK continues to award contracts and begin producing new shows and films. One of these new productions is a film called Joybased on the true story of the world’s first baby using in vitro fertilization, starring Bill Nighy, James Norton and Thomasin Mackenzie.

Netflixs Joy is directed by the director Ben Taylorknown for working on episodes of Netflix Enlightenment lessons. The script comes from the BAFTA winner Jack Thornewho developed the script together with his wife, Rachel Mason.

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ScreenDaily first published the new film on September 23, 2023.

Director Ben Taylor

Taylor said in a statement:

“I’m a lifelong fan of Jack Thorne and it was so exciting to work with him and Rachel on my first feature film. As the proud father of two boys made possible only through IVF, this story is very close to my heart. It is an honor to bring to life the journey of this heroic trio, whose world-changing work only came about against unimaginable odds. Thomasin, James and Bill – along with the rest of the cast – are disgrace of wealth. I’m delighted that Pathe, Wildgaze and Netflix have entrusted me with this brilliant story.”

Jack Thorne added:

“It took Rachel and I seven rounds of IVF to conceive Elliott. So when the opportunity arose to tell the story of the pioneers, I jumped at the chance and suggested that Rachel might like to jump, too. The more we found out, the more amazed we were at the audacity of the science and the lack of support from the scientific community. It’s an incredible story. It was a joy to work on this with our incredible cast, the wonderful director Ben and the brilliant producers at Wildgaze, Pathe and Netflix.”

Joy is produced by Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey of British production company Wildgaze, while Cameron McCracken serves as executive producer for Pathe.

What is the plot? Joy?

Here is a brief description from Netflix Joy:

“Spanning from 1968 to 1978, the film follows three trailblazers who face opposition from church, state, media and the medical establishment in their hunt for the world’s first ‘test tube baby,’ Louise Joy Brown.”

The obstetrician and gynecologist Patrick Steptoe, the physiologist Robert Edwards and the nurse and embryologist Jean Purdy are considered pioneers. The three were pioneers in reproductive medicine and Edwards was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 2010. Steptoe and Purdy were not awarded because both died in 2010 and the Nobel Prize is not awarded posthumously.

The film is titled after the middle name of Louise Joy Brown, the first person born through in vitro fertilization on July 25, 1978. Her birth, following a procedure developed in Britain, was praised as one of the “most remarkable medical breakthroughs of the 20th century”.

Louise Brown celebrated her 40th birthday in 2018 and a book was published around the same time.

Who can be seen on Netflix? Joy?

LR: James Norton, Bill Nighy and Thomasin Mackenzie in Joy (Source: Netflix)

The cast of Netflix Joy is led by Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Hot Fuzz, Underworld), James Norton (Little Women, Happy Valley, McMafia) And Thomas McKenzie (JoJo Rabbit, Last Night in Soho). Nighy will play Patrick Steptoe, an obstetrician and gynecologist, Norton will play Robert Edwards, a physiologist, and Mackenzie will play Jean Purdy, a nurse and embryologist.

What is the production status? Joy?

Production for Joy currently running in the UK. Cameras for the film began rolling in September 2023 and will continue for several months.

What is Netflix release date? Joy?

Netflix has not announced the official release date for Joybut given the production schedule, releasing the film in the second half of 2024 would make the most sense.

In the meantime, Netflix users in the United States can watch Bill Nighy’s excellent (and Oscar-winning) film. Lifewhich debuted on Netflix earlier this year as part of Sony’s first-window deal.

Are you excited to watch? Joy on Netflix? Let us know in the comments below.

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