Patricia Arquette Sets Directorial Debut With TriStar Drama 'Love Canal'

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The film centers on the working-class housewives who fought for justice after massive amounts of toxic chemicals were dumped in their upstate New York neighborhood.

Patricia Arquette is ready to make her directorial debut with TriStar's Love Canal, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The Oscar winner will step behind the camera for the 1970s-set drama, which centers on a group of working-class housewives who live in the titular upstate New York neighborhood where massive amounts of toxic chemicals have been dumped. With no training or support, they took on the chemical industry, the government and the president himself.

Brad Desch wrote the script, based on the Will Battersby documentary The Canal. Safe House’s Tory Tunnell is producing with Battersby, Arquette and 3 Arts’ Richard Abate. Joby Harold and Molly Madden are serving as executive producers. Hannah Minghella and Shary Shirazi will oversee the Safe House and 3 Arts co-production for TriStar.

Arquette's upcoming projects include the Showtime series Escape at Dannemora with Benicio del Toro and Paul Dano, Kirsten Dunst's directorial debut The Bell Jar and Pixar's animated follow-up Toy Story 4. She is repped by 3 Arts and Gersh.