A UK release date has been set for Eileen.

Directed by William Oldroyd, Thomasin McKenzie plays the title character while Anne Hathaway takes on the role of Rebecca Saint John.

Shea Wigham, Marin Ireland and Owen Teague also star in the film adaptation of the 2015 novel, by Ottessa Moshfegh.

The official synopsis reveals that the film “follows a peculiar young woman whose dreary life stretches on toward unending misery.

“In frigid 1960s Boston, Eileen (McKenzie) shuffles between her father’s dingy, emotionally haunted home and the prison where she works alongside colleagues who have ostracised her.

“When an intoxicating woman (Hathaway) joins the prison staff, Eileen is taken. Just when the possibility of a salvational friendship (or maybe more) takes hold and forms a singular glimmer in Eileen’s darkness, her newfound confidant entangles her in a shocking crime that alters all.”

Universal Pictures has announced, the film will be released in UK cinemas on 1 December. The film will also have a UK premiere at the BFI London Film Festival on 8 October.

Eileen has received critical acclaim, with an 89% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Praise has been aimed at the cast’s performances and “captivating” narrative.