Berlin: Vertical Entertainment Picks Up Natalie Dormer's 'In Darkness' (Exclusive)

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'In Darkness'

The 'Game of Thrones' star produced and stars in the thriller which she co-wrote with partner Anthony Byrne, who directed.

Vertical Entertainment, which released Molly Shannon’s cancer comedy Other People, has taken U.S. rights to In Darkness, a thriller starring Game of Thrones alum Natalie Dormer and Ed Skrein.

In the film, Dormer plays Sofia, a blind pianist who gets pulled into London’s dark underbelly after she overhears a struggle in the apartment above hers that leads to the death of her neighbor Veronique (Emily Ratajkowski). It is the start of a journey that takes Sofia out of her depth and brings her into contact with Veronique’s father, Milos Radic (Jan Bijvoet), a Serbian businessman accused of being a war criminal.

Dormer’s partner, Anthony Byrne, directed In Darkness, and the pair co-wrote the screenplay and produced together with Adam Morane-Griffiths, Ben Pugh and Josh Varney for production house 42.

“The zeitgeist dialogue on gender disparity hadn’t even begun when we started writing In Darkness together,” said Dormer and Byrne in a joint statement. “We celebrate that the industry landscape is finally shifting and are proud to share In Darkness with its strong yet flawed heroine.”

Vertical plans to release the movie theatrically in May. Rory Aitken and Josh Horsfield executive produced. Vertical picked up U.S. rights to the title in a deal with UTA Independent Film Group. XYZ Films is handling international rights and shopping the title to buyers in Berlin.

“Natalie Dormer and Anthony Byrne are two incredibly passionate filmmakers who have brought a powerful female voice to the forefront of this exciting thriller and we look forward to bringing the film to audiences around the U.S.,” said Vertical Entertainment co-president Rich Goldberg. 

This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's Feb. 17 daily issue at the Berlin International Film Festival.