Cannes: Sharon Stone Joins 'Corporate Animals'

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Sharon Stone

Ed Helms and Jessica Williams also will star in the comedy from 'Peep Show' writer Sam Bain and 'Creep' director Patrick Brice.

Sharon Stone is set to star as a megalomanic chief executive in the upcoming comedy Corporate Animals.

Coming from British writer Sam Bain (best known as the co-creator of much-loved U.K. comedy Peep Show) and director Patrick Brice (Blumhouse hit Creep and its follow-up Creep 2), the film also will star Ed Helms, best known for The Hangover and Vacation, and Jessica Williams, soon to be seen in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Protagonist is handling international sales and will be introducing the project — set to shoot this summer — to buyers in Cannes. UTA and ICM co-rep for North America.

In the pic, Stone will play Lucy, the egotistical CEO of Incredible Edibles, America’s premier provider of edible cutlery. During a corporate team-building weekend in New Mexico, which she insists her staff members attend, disaster suddenly strikes, trapping them all underground. This mismatched and disgruntled group must pull together in order to survive, amidst sexual tension, startling business revelations and casual cannibalism.

Keith Calder and Jess Calder of Snoot Entertainment (Blindspotting, Anomalisa, The Guest) will produce the pic, along with Mike Falbo and Ed Helms of Pacific Electric (The Fake News With Ted Nelms, The Clapper).

Corporate Animals adds to a bumper Cannes slate for Protagonist. The Brit sales banner also has hot new titles including the mob drama The Sound of Philadelphia, starring Matthias Schoenaerts, Garrett Hedlund and Scoot McNairy; and The Education of Fredrick Fitzell, starring Maika Monroe and Dylan O’Brien.

Stone is repped by CAA and Mosaic; Williams is with UTA, B Company and Morris Yorn; Helms is repped by UTA, Principato Young Entertainment and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham; Brice is with ICM Partners; and Bain is repped by UTA, 42 Management in London and Jackoway Tyerman.

A version of this story appears in The Hollywood Reporter's May 8 daily issue from the Cannes Film Festival. Click here to download.