Deadline is exclusively reporting that Lena Headey is set to make her directorial feature debut with psychological thriller Violet.
The film will follow two solo female travellers who immediately hit it off and decide to team up for the next leg of their adventure. As the journey continues, things start to unravel because neither of the women is who they claim to be.
Lena Headey released a statement saying:
Susi’s Violet is a compulsive page turner that stayed with me long after I finished the book — it’s exciting that my first feature as a director will be such an intense female thriller. It’s a wild ride to the finish with vast cinematic scope, centring around two very complex women who will completely unravel over the course of the film. I can’t wait to get rolling.
Phil McKenzie, Goldfinch’s Chief Operating Officer, also released a statement saying:
Goldfinch Entertainment exists to fuel incredible projects and creative leaps – and we’re excited to be supporting the multi-talented Lena Headey’s foray into feature directing with this irresistible and chilling female-fronted thriller. Gareth has deftly selected and adapted an impossible to put down book into a riveting exploration of a casual friendship that goes deeply awry – and we can’t wait to see it come to life on screen.
The film is based on SJI Holliday’s recent novel of the same name. The script is written by Gareth Pritchard, whose Sankara Pictures are co-producing the film with Mark Foligno (Limelight CTL) and Ben Charles Edwards and Phil McKenzie (Goldfinch Entertainment). Production is scheduled to commence in October this year.