Game of Thrones and Hunger Games: Mockingjay actress Natalie Dormer has nabbed another role: the lead in supernatural thriller The Forest.
Jason Zada is directing the film from a script rewritten by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca and based on an original idea by David S. Goyer.
The film, set in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, centers on a young American woman (Dormer) who goes in search of her missing twin sister. Despite everyone’s warnings to “stay on the path,” Sara enters the forest determined to discover the truth about her sister’s fate, only to be confronted by the angry and tormented souls of the dead who prey on anyone who wanders the forest.
Lava Bear Films is producing along with Goyer under his Phantom Four banner. Focus acquired North American distribution rights to the film earlier this year, with plans to release the film on Jan. 8, 2016. Good Universe has partnered with Lava Bear to handle international sales. Lava Bear president Tory Metzger is overseeing production.
Dormer plays Margaery Tyrell on HBO’s hit Game of Thrones, and will next be seen on the big screen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 as Cressida, a member of the rebels. She’ll reprise the role for Mockingjay — Part 2, out November 2015. She’ll next begin production on Screen Gems’ Patient Zero.
Dormer is repped by UTA, Untitled Entertainment, United Agents in the U.K. and attorney Karl Austen.