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Saban Films and Roadside Attractions released the first trailer for Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart’s Lizzie on Friday morning. In the film — which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — Sevigny portrays Lizzie Borden, the woman at the center of one the most notorious murder mysteries in American history.
The preview highlights Borden’s relationship with her family’s houseguest Bridget Sullivan (Stewart) and how the pair’s secret intimacy might have led to the 1892 axe murders of her father, Andrew, and stepmother, Abby, in Fall River, Massachusetts. “Are you afraid,” Sevigny’s Lizzie asks at one point, to which Stewart’s Bridget timidly responds, “Of what?”
Elsewhere, Lizzie — who in real life was tried and acquitted of the murders — is asked if her father had any enemies prior to his death. “This is America, sir,” she says. “Every man with a pulse has enemies.”
The racy period drama first premiered on Jan. 19 in Sundance’s U.S. Dramatic Competition section. It was produced by Sevigny, Naomi Despres and Liz Destro and executive produced by Elizabeth Stillwell, Roxanne Fie Anderson and Edward J. Anderson of Powder Hound Pictures.
“I couldn’t be happier than to partner with Saban Films and Roadside on Lizzie, a film that has been a labor of love for me for over 10 years,” Sevigny has said of the project. “I am thrilled for theatergoers to see this incredible tale.”
Earlier this year, Sevigny opened up to The Hollywood Reporter about what attracted her to retelling Lizzie’s story, which has previously been explored in theater, film and television — including the Lifetime 2015 miniseries, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, starring Christina Ricci.
“I was immediately engrossed,” Sevigny said. “There wasn’t a seminal work. There’s been so many books and plays and musicals. I was just captivated by her and the mystery of it all.”
Lizzie is set to hit theaters on Sept. 14.
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