Cannes: Rodarte Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy Directing First Feature (Exclusive)
Kirsten Dunst will star in the film, which has been preemptively sold to A24 Films in the U.S.
Los Angeles fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, founders of the Rodarte label, are turning their attention to filmmaking.
The sisters are set to make their feature directorial debut with Woodshock, starring longtime friend Kirsten Dunst. Plot details are being kept under tight wraps, but the storyline is described as an original concept derived from a screenplay written by the duo that's been in development for several years.
Ken Kao's Waypoint Entertainment, which will be in Cannes this year with Gus Van Sant's The Sea of Trees, is financing and producing Woodshock alongside Ben LeClair and Michael Costigan of Cota Films.
In a big show of confidence, A24 — known for turning out hip and edgy fare, including current box office hit Ex Machina — has preemptively scooped up theatrical U.S. rights to Woodshock. WME Global brokered the deal.
Bloom, the sales company founded by Kao and Alex Walton, will launch the project to foreign buyers at the Cannes Film Market.
Laura and Kate Mulleavy founded the Los Angeles-based Rodarte label in 2005, and have developed a cult-like following among younger Hollywood actresses, including Dunst, Natalie Portman and the Fanning sisters. They aren't strangers to the film business, having worked as costume designers on Black Swan, the 2010 movie earning Portman an Oscar for best actress.
Those who are close to the pair say they've always had a desire to direct.
Kate and Laura Mulleavy are represented by WME; Dunst is represented by UTA and Management 360.