Deadline is reporting that Olivia Cooke, Isla Johnston, Alfie Allen, Penelope Wilton and Stephen Rea are set to star in the Nicolas Pesce-directed horror film Visitation.
Visitation focuses on 14-year-old Maria who is sent away to live with Catholic nuns when her mother is sick and dying. But Maria’s arrival slowly turns sinister as one of her caretakers becomes enamoured with her for all the wrong reasons.
Olivia Cooke (whose recent credits include House of the Dragon and Slow Horses) will be playing a nun central to the story, while Isla Johnston (whose credits include The Queen’s Gambit and Invasion) will play Maria. The remaining character descriptions are being kept under wraps.
The film is written by Helen Gaughran, which also happens to be her first feature film, and it has already received acclaim by winning the 2019 Script Pipeline Screenwriting contest and First Look contest. Entertainment One, Rumble Films, and Blinder Films are producing the project, which began principal photography earlier this month in Ireland. David Lancaster and Stephanie Wilcox (Rumble Films) serve as producers alongside Katie Holly (Blinder Films). Jillian Share, Courtney Cunniff and Chanel Vidal will oversee the project for eOne.