Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson and Paul Mescal film Maggie Gyllenhaal’s The Lost Daughter in Greece

Olivia Colman, Dakota Johnson and Paul Mescal were seen on the set of their upcoming film The Lost Daughter in Greece for the first time earlier this week.

The Crown star 46, ditched 1960s ensembles for swimwear as she tapped into the character of Leda, whose beach holiday takes a dark turn when she starts confronting her past.

The drama film, based on Elena Ferrante’s 2006 book of the same name, will mark fellow screen star Maggie Gyllenhaal’s directorial debut and is set for release in 2021. 

Working hard: The Fifty Shades of Grey star travelled from the Hamptons to Europe to film the scenes

Star-studded: Olivia Colman (L) and Dakota Johnson (R) were seen on the set of their upcoming film The Lost Daughter on the beach in Greece for the first time earlier this week

Actress Olivia was dressed in a black one-piece and swimming trunks as she sat on a deck chair, surrounded by cast and crew.

Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota, 31, meanwhile, was also seen wearing beachwear, before she switched into a more casual outfit.

The thespian, who portrays Nina in the movie, later sported a pink vest and grey joggers as she chatted to her co-star Oliver Jackson-Cohen.

Oliver, 33, cut an equally low-key appearance as he donned a black sleeveless top and dark shorts.

Exciting times ahead: The screen stars were joined by Normal People's Paul Mescal, who confirmed his role in August

Exciting times ahead: The screen stars were joined by Normal People’s Paul Mescal, who confirmed his role in August

Different look: The Crown star 46, ditched 1960s ensembles for swimwear as she tapped into the character of Leda

Hit show: The media personality is set to reprise her role as The Queen in series four of The Crown (pictured)

Different look: The Crown star 46, ditched 1960s ensembles (R in the Netflix series) for swimwear as she tapped into her character

Leading role: Leda's beach holiday takes a dark turn when she starts confronting her past (Olivia pictured speaking to crew)

Leading role: Leda’s beach holiday takes a dark turn when she starts confronting her past (Olivia pictured speaking to crew)

Normal People hunk Paul, 24, looked typically cool in a grey T-shirt, pink swimming trunks and his signature shades. 

The Irish heartthrob confirmed his role on Twitter in August, gushing: ‘I’m a very excited boy!’. 

Maggie, 42, was every inch the busy director as she instructed cast and crew throughout the day.  

Soaking it up: Dakota, 31, meanwhile, was also seen wearing beachwear, before she switched into a more casual outfit

Soaking it up: Dakota, 31, meanwhile, was also seen wearing beachwear, before she switched into a more casual outfit

Dressed down: The daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, who portrays Nina in the movie, later sported a pink vest and grey joggers

Dressed down: The daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith, who portrays Nina in the movie, later sported a pink vest and grey joggers

In good company: The TV and film actress chatted to her co-star Oliver Jackson-Cohen

In good company: The TV and film actress chatted to her co-star Oliver Jackson-Cohen

Relaxed: The duo were seen engaging in an animated conversation on deck chairs

Relaxed: The duo were seen engaging in an animated conversation on deck chairs

Ideal location: The pair soaked up the sun on the sandy shores of the island amid the coronavirus pandemic

Ideal location: The pair soaked up the sun on the sandy shores of the island amid the coronavirus pandemic

Chilled: Oliver, 33, cut an equally low-key appearance as he donned a black sleeveless top and dark shorts

Chilled: Oliver, 33, cut an equally low-key appearance as he donned a black sleeveless top and dark shorts

Off they go: The duo made their way to their next location after spending time on the beach furniture

Off they go: The duo made their way to their next location after spending time on the beach furniture

The Deuce actress has also written the script for the hotly-anticipated film, which will see her husband Peter Sarsgaard and Chernobyl star Jessie Buckley make appearances too. 

The Favourite star Olivia’s character is a divorcee and college professor who becomes obsessed with a young mother (Dakota) and a daughter after her own children decide to leave her and live with their father in Canada.

In the book, Leda spends the summer in an Italian seaside town, while the movie is being filmed in the Greek island of Spetses. 

Hunky: Paul, 24, looked typically cool in a grey T-shirt, pink swimming trunks and his signature shades

Hunky: Paul, 24, looked typically cool in a grey T-shirt, pink swimming trunks and his signature shades

Cosy: The TV star opted for comfort in the footwear department by wearing green flip flops

Cosy: The TV star opted for comfort in the footwear department by wearing green flip flops

What's down there? At one point, the Primetime Emmy Award nominee bent down to the floor

Minimal information: His role is the film is yet o be revealed

What’s down there? At one point, the Primetime Emmy Award nominee bent down to the floor

In the zone: The media personality pulled a lively facial expression as he spoke to cast and crew

In the zone: The media personality pulled a lively facial expression as he spoke to cast and crew

Big role: The Irish heartthrob confirmed his role on Twitter over the summer, gushing: 'I'm a very excited boy!'

Big role: The Irish heartthrob confirmed his role on Twitter over the summer, gushing: ‘I’m a very excited boy!’

Debut: The drama film, based on Elena Ferrante's 2006 book of the same name, will mark fellow screen star Maggie Gyllenhaal's (pictured) first directing stint

Debut: The drama film, based on Elena Ferrante’s 2006 book of the same name, will mark fellow screen star Maggie Gyllenhaal’s (pictured) first directing stint

Maggie said in a statement to Variety at the time: ‘When I finished reading Elena Ferrante’s The Lost Daughter, I felt that something secret and true had been said out loud. And I was both disturbed and comforted by that.

‘I immediately thought how much more intense the experience would be in a movie theatre, with other people around. And I set to work on this adaptation.

‘I find that the script has attracted other people interested in exploring these secret truths about motherhood, sexuality, femininity, desire. And I’m thrilled to continue my collaboration with such brave and exciting actors and filmmakers.’

She's in charge: The actress, 42, was every inch the busy director as she instructed cast and crew throughout the day

She’s in charge: The actress, 42, was every inch the busy director as she instructed cast and crew throughout the day

Beaming: The World Trade Center star appeared in great spirits as she grinned from ear-to-ear

Beaming: The World Trade Center star appeared in great spirits as she grinned from ear-to-ear

Brief break: Oliver took a short pause from filming to appreciate the scenic views

Famous face: The Westminster native is best known for his role as The Haunting of Hill House

Brief break: Oliver took a short pause from filming to appreciate the scenic views 

Writer Elena recently told the Guardian that she’d like the World Trade Center star to take the reins with her adaptation.

She said: ‘I don’t want to say: you have to stay inside the cage that I constructed. We’ve been inside the male cage for too long – and now that that cage is collapsing, a woman artist has to be absolutely autonomous. 

‘Her search shouldn’t encounter obstacles, especially when it’s inspired by the work, by the thought, of other women.’

Rest time: At the end of the day, Maggie was seen running back to accommodation

Rest time: At the end of the day, Maggie was seen running back to accommodation 

Heading off: Other crew members were seen following her lead

Heading off: Other crew members were seen following her lead

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