Naomi Watts to Star in Psychological Thriller 'The Wolf Hour'

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HanWay will introduce the film — set during New York's 1977 blackout riots — to buyers at AFM next month.

Naomi Watts is set to take the lead in The Wolf Hour, a psychological thriller from up-and-coming writer and director Alistair Banks. 

Set during the 1977 New York blackout riots, the film will see the Oscar-nominated actress play June Leigh, a cultural icon and activist during the '60s who has since fallen from grace and is a shell of her former self, now facing her demons at the height of one of the darkest points in the city's history. Watts will also executive produce.

Alistair Banks Griffin’s first feature film, Two Gates of Sleep, screened in Director’s Fortnight at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and competed for the Camera D’Or.

Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Take Shelter, Loving) and Bailey Conway Anglewicz from Automatik will produce the film, along with Bradley Pilz (6 Below, Dreamland), who will fully finance and produce, under his newly formed Bradley Pilz productions. Felipe Dieppa will produce, and his partners, Garrett Fennelly and Taryn Nagle, will exec produce for The Big Picture Company. Linda Moran of Belladonna Productions (Cold In July, Funny Games) and Fred Berger of Automatik (La La Land) will exec produce. Gabrielle Nadig will co-executive produce.

The Wolf Hour was supported by the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program.

The film will go into production late fall 2017 in NYC. HanWay Films will oversee international sales and distribution and will commence sales at the American Film Market. CAA is handling the domestic rights.