Cannes: Isabelle Huppert, Chloe Grace Moretz to Star in Thriller 'The Widow' (Exclusive)
Oscar-winning writer-director Neil Jordan will helm the thriller, which Sierra/Affinity will introduce to buyers in Cannes.
Recent Golden Globe winner Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz have signed on to star in The Widow, helmed by Oscar winner Neil Jordan.
Ray Wright wrote the script, which follows a young woman who is missing her deceased mother and is new to Manhattan. She strikes up an unlikely friendship with an older widow, but the widow’s intentions turn out to be sinister.
Lawrence Bender, James Flynn and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, an SK Global company, are producing the buzzy project. Sierra/Affinity will represent foreign sales for the thriller and is launching the project at this year’s Cannes Film Market. CAA and WME Global are co-repping the film domestically. SKE CEO Sidney Kimmel and president John Penotti made the announcement on behalf of the company.
Huppert earned a Golden Globe, an Independent Spirit Award and a best actress Oscar nomination for her work in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016). Her other recent films include Souvenir, Barrage and Michael Haneke’s Happy End, which will play in Cannes this month. She is repped by CAA and Voyez Mon Agent in France.
Moretz recently starred in the Neighbors franchise, The 5th Wave and Brain on Fire, which debuted at Sundance. She has wrapped work on Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria with Dakota Johnson and The Miseducation of Cameron Post. She’s repped by WME, T Squared Entertainment and Sloane Offer.
Jordan wrote and directed the 1992 film The Crying Game (which won the Oscar for best original screenplay) and also directed 1994’s Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, 1999’s The End of the Affair and 2007’s The Brave One. He’s repped by CAA and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates in the U.K.
SKE recently produced the Academy Award best picture nominee Hell or High Water, which also received nominations for best supporting actor, original screenplay and film editing.