"The Dig" is a 2021 British drama film directed by Simon Stone.
The starring cast includes Carey Mulligan as Edith Pretty, Ralph Fiennes as Basil Brown, Lily James as Peggy Piggott, Johnny Flynn as Rory Lomax, Archie Barnes as Robert Pretty, Ben Chaplin as Stuart Piggott, Ken Stott as Charles Phillips, Monica Dolan as May Brown, Stephen Worrall as Ferryman, Danny Webb as John Grateley and others.

Here are "The Dig" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for The Dig movie?

Netflix on Thursday, December 03, 2020 released the trailer for "The Dig" you can watch here:
THE DIG starring Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes | Official Trailer | Netflix.

Plot summary

What is The Dig movie plot?

Here is a short review of "The Dig" movie plot summary.

In 1939, Suffolk landowner Edith Pretty (Carey Mulligan) hires local self-taught archaeologist-excavator Basil Brown (Ralph Fiennes) to tackle the large burial mounds at her rural estate in Sutton Hoo near Woodbridge. At first, she offers the same money he received from the Ipswich Museum, the agricultural wage, but he says it is inadequate; so she ups her offer by 12% to ยฃ2 a week (approximately ยฃ120 in 2020), which he accepts.
Former employers try unsuccessfully to persuade Brown to work on a Roman villa they deem more important. They ignore Brown, who left school aged 12, when he suggests the mounds could be Anglo-Saxon rather than the more common Viking era.
Working with assistants from Pretty's estate, Brown slowly excavates the more promising of the mounds. One day the trench collapses on him, but they dig him out in time. Meanwhile, he spends more time with Edith, a widow, and her young son, Robert (Archie Barnes), and ignores daily letters from his wife, May. Edith struggles with her health, warned by her doctor to avoid stress.
Brown is astonished to uncover iron rivets from a ship, making it the burial site of someone of tremendous distinction, such as a king. Prominent local archaeologist James Reid Moir (Paul Ready) attempts to join the dig but is rebuffed; Edith instead hires her cousin Rory Lomax (Johnny Flynn) to join the project. News of the discovery soon spreads, and Cambridge archaeologist Charles Phillips (Ken Stott) arrives, declares the site to be of national importance, and takes over the dig by order of the Office of Works.
As World War II approaches, Philips brings in a large team, including Peggy Piggott (Lily James), who uncovers proof that it is Anglo-Saxon in origin. Brown is demoted to only keep the site in order, but Edith intervenes and he resumes digging. Brown discovers a Merovingian Tremissis, a small gold coin of Late Antiquity, and Philips declares the site to be of major historical significance. Philips wants to send all the artefacts to the British Museum, but Edith, concerned about war raids in London, asserts her rights. An inquest confirms she is the owner of the ship and its priceless treasure trove of grave goods, but she despairs as her health continues to decline.


Who plays who in the The Dig movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "The Dig" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

Carey Mulligan  as Edith Pretty
Ralph Fiennes  as Basil Brown
Lily James  as Peggy Piggott
Johnny Flynn  as Rory Lomax
Archie Barnes  as Robert Pretty
Ben Chaplin  as Stuart Piggott
Ken Stott  as Charles Phillips
Monica Dolan  as May Brown
Stephen Worrall  as Ferryman
Danny Webb  as John Grateley
Robert Wilfort  as Billy Lyons
James Dryden  as George Spooner
Joe Hurst  as John Jacobs
Paul Ready  as James Reid Moir
Peter McDonald  as Guy Maynard
Christopher Godwin  as Dr. Parry
Ellie Piercy  as Mrs. Lyons
Bronwyn James  as Ellen McKenzie
Desmond Kaliszewski  as Barge Skipper
Jonah Rzeskiewicz  as London Man
Jack Bennett  as Air Raid Warden
John Macmillan  as Dr. Rothman
Arsher Ali  as William Grimes
Eamon Farren  as John Brailsford
Amelia Stephenson  as Amelia
Ellie-Louise Townsend  as Village Child

Release date

When is The Dig movie release date?

"The Dig" movie release date was scheduled to be on January 15, 2021 (United States) distributing by Netflix.


What are The Dig filming details?

The duration of the film is 112 minutes.

"The Dig" movie is rated "PG-13", according to the MPAA film rating system.

Principal photography began at Shackleford in Surrey in October 2019 - Norney Grange there being used to stand in as Pretty's house at Sutton Hoo - with location filming taking place in Suffolk near to the original discovery site.


What are critics and audiences saying about The Dig movie?

"The Dig" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 7.1/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 88/100.

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