Cornerstone Films has boarded director Josephine Decker’s (Madeline’s Madeline) psychological drama Shirley starring Elisabeth Moss as famed horror author Shirley Jackson with Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me By Your Name) as her Bennington College professor husband Stanley Hyman.
Logan Lerman (Indignation) and Odessa Young (Assassination Nation) play the young couple that move in with Shirley and Stanley in the hope of starting a new life but instead find themselves fodder for a psycho-drama that inspires Shirley’s next novel. Above is a first look image.
Cornerstone will show first footage at the EFM next week. Paradigm and UTA are overseeing North American sales.
Shirley, which shot last year, is based on the screenplay by Sarah Gubbins (I Love Dick), adapted from the novel by Susan Scarf Merrell and was filmed in upstate New York, including at Vassar College. It is financed by Los Angeles Media Fund and produced by Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman (Juliet, Naked), Christine Vachon (Carol), Sue Naegle (The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs), Sarah Gubbins and David Hinojosa (First Reformed).
Heads of department include cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen (Victoria), production designer Sue Chan (Gone Girl), editor David Barker (The Reagan Show) and costume designer Amela Baksic (Wiener-Dog).
New Project for Elisabeth “Call Jane”
The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss and Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking) will star in women’s rights drama Call Jane for Tallulah director Sian Heder and producer Robbie Brenner (Dallas Buyers Club) under her Unburdened Entertainment banner. The Blacklist script comes from Hayley Schore & Roshan Sethi with Moss also set to produce.
Protagonist will launch sales at the EFM on the project about Joy (Moss), a traditional 60’s American housewife, who is desperate for a child. When she receives news of her pregnancy, complications mean that what should have been a joyous moment is instead an imminent threat to her life. She has nowhere to turn until she stumbles upon the Janes, an underground abortion movement led by Virginia (Sarandon).
The film is currently in pre-production and, along with Moss and Brenner, Kevin McKeon and David Wulf are producing. Michelle Mason Vella and the script’s writers, Hayley Schore & Roshan Sethi, will serve as executive producers. Endeavor Content and ICM Partners will handle North America.
“As a producer, I strive to tell stories that are meaningful and provocative, but also to help put a mirror up to our world in order to move and inspire the audience with honesty and relatability”, said Brenner. “As a woman and a mother of two girls, I feel a responsibility with Call Jane to tell the incredible story of these brave women at a time when women’s rights and empowerment hangs in the balance. I have no doubt that Sian will craft a beautiful and important film with our dedicated and amazing cast, Elisabeth and Susan.”
Moss said, “I’m so excited to be bringing this beautiful script to life with Sian and Robbie and to be working with Susan, who I admire tremendously. The Jane Collective is an important and fascinating part of our history, especially for women. We see their story unfold through the eyes of Joy, a complex character who represents many women caught between one period of time and the next. It’s also frighteningly relevant and timely to be telling this story right now and I know, with Sian at the helm, it’s going to be an honest and brave film.”
Moss is repped by WME, Ribisi Entertainment Group and Viewpoint. Sarandon is repped by UTA. Heder is repped by ICM and Stone, Genow, Smelkinson, Binder & Christopher. Schore and Sethi are repped by ICM and Madhouse.
News on Her Smell official release date for theaters, which is set for March 29, 2019.
Becky Something (Elisabeth Moss) is a ’90s punk rock superstar who once filled arenas with her grungy all-female trio Something She. Now she plays smaller venues while grappling with motherhood, exhausted bandmates, nervous record company executives, and a new generation of rising talent eager to usurp her stardom. When Becky’s chaos and excesses derail a recording session and national tour, she finds herself shunned, isolated and alone. Forced to get sober, temper her demons, and reckon with the past, she retreats from the spotlight and tries to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success.
Anchored by a towering, unflinching performance from Golden Globe and Emmy winner Moss, and supported by a stellar ensemble cast, Her Smell examines the grit, grace and gravitas of an unforgettable fictional rock star CRASHING down to earth into the harsh realities of life. With his incendiary and deeply humane sixth feature, writer-director Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip, Golden Exits) pumps up the volume and shines a light on the terrifying moment when superstardom wanes – and quiet becomes the new loud.
Also starring in the film are Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Agyness Deyn, Amber Heard, Gayle Rankin, Ashley Benson, Dylan Gelula, Virginia Madsen and Eric Stoltz.
Gunpowder & Sky will release HER SMELL on March 29th, 2019.