The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that George MacKay and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett have signed up to star in the London-set revenge thriller Femme.
Based on the 2021 BAFTA-nominated short film of the same name, we follow Jules, whose life and career as a drag queen is destroyed after a humiliating homophobic attack. When he spots one of his attackers, the deeply-closeted Preston, in a gay sauna, he begins to plot his revenge. Realising Preston doesn’t recognise him in his boy form, Jules begins to insinuate himself into Preston’s life, and, in doing so, discovers power in a new kind of drag. But the dangerous seduction threatens to turn deadly at any moment.
Original short-film directors, Sam H. Freeman and Ng Choon Ping, will be helming the feature adaptation. They released a joint statement saying:
We are huge fans of thrillers, but we felt that the predominantly hyper-masculine genre often excludes the queer perspective. By putting a gay protagonist at the heart of a thriller, we aim to invert expectations, and push stories from the margin, and ourselves as queer artists, into the mainstream.
Agile Films, which produced the short, is also on board to produce this project, with Agile’s Myles Payne and Sam Ritzenberg serving as lead producers and Hayley Williams co-producing. Eva Yates (BBC Film), Marine Podos, Sebastien Raybaud, and Cecile Gaget (Anton) serve as executive producers. The film is being co-financed by BBC Film and Anton.
Production on Femme is scheduled to commence in London next month, with Anton handling international sales for the project at Cannes Film Market later this month.