DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Anya Taylor-Joy, who broke onto the scene with her lauded performance in A24’s The Witch, has been tapped as the title character in Weetzie Bat, the film adaptation of Francesca Lia Block’s cult favorite 1980s novel that Justin Kelly is directing. Love, Simon star Nick Robinson, American Honey standout Sasha Lane, Theodore Pellerin (Boy Erased) and Keiynan Lonsdale (Love, Simon, The Flash) also will star in the pic, which is described as a neon-lit fairy tale.
Weetzie (Taylor-Joy) is an ethereal pixie living in 1980s Los Angeles, where she grew up the child of an alcoholic starlet mother and a junkie screenwriter father. She teams up with her Mohawked best friend Dirk (Pellerin) to find love, leading her to mysterious trenchcoat-wearing filmmaker Max (Robinson) and platinum-haired surfer Duck (Lonsdale). But when their bliss is threatened by deaths, breakups and Max’s witchy and bitter ex-girlfriend Vixanne (Lane), Weetzie must take off her pink harlequin sunglasses in order to confront life’s darkness and find happiness in a city known as much for the glamour of fame and fortune as the darkness of cults and crime.
Thor Bradwell, Justin Kelly, and Joshua Thurston are the producers on Weetzie Bat.
Block, who also penned the screenplay for the film, has authored more than 25 books spanning fiction, nonfiction, short stories and poetry. Repped by Intellectual Property Group, she has written scripts for Fox Searchlight and MTV and is currently developing other screenplays based on her work.
Taylor-Joy, recently seen in M. Night Shyalaman’s Split and Cory Finley’s Thoroughbreds, next stars in Fox’s X-Men: The New Mutants and the next film in Shyalaman’s Unbreakable series, Glass. She’s repped by CAA and Troika.
Anya and (Thoroughbreds‘ director) Cory Finley attended the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations to discuss Thoroughbreds at the Robin Williams Center in New York City (March 8).
Anya visited Build Series with Cory Finley to discuss Thoroughbreds at Build Studio in New York City (March 7).
SCREEN DAILY – Sam Riley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Aneurin Barnard and Simon Russell Beale have joined Rosamund Pike in Radioactive, Marjane Satrapi’s biopic of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie.
Principal photography is getting underway in Budapest this week.
Director Satrapi was Oscar-nominated for her 2007 feature Persepolis. Producers on Radioactive are Working Title Films’ Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner with Shoebox Films’ Paul Webster. The screenplay was written by Jack Thorne, adapted from Laura Redniss’ graphic novel.
Amazon Studios has come onboard as a co-financier and will also distribute in the US.
Studiocanal will distribute in the UK, France, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
During the recent European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin, Studiocanal also inked deals on the title with Impuls Pictures in Switzerland, AB Svensk Filmindustri in Scandinavia, Lusomundo in Portugal, Gussi in Latin America, Kino in Japan, Huayi Brothers in China, Golden Scene in Hong Kong, Spentzos Films in Greece, Monolith in Poland, Myndform in Iceland, Blitz in former Yugoslavia, Selim Ramia in the Middle East, Forum in Israel, Catchplay in Taiwan, Shaw in Singapore, Pioneer in the Philippines, Pictureworks in India and PT Prima in Indonesia.
Four siblings seek refuge in an old home after the death of their mother, only to discover that the house has another, more sinister, inhabitant, in this haunting directorial debut from Sergio G. Sánchez, screenwriter of The Orphanage and The Impossible.
In theaters, On Demand, on Amazon Video and iTunes April 13