St. Vincent to Direct Gender-Bending 'Picture of Dorian Gray'

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'Elle' writer David Birke will adapt the Oscar Wilde classic.

Annie Clark, also known as musician St. Vincent, will direct a gender-bending adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray for Lionsgate.

David Birke, who wrote the Isabelle Huppertstarring Elle, will adapt the Oscar Wilde classic that follows a beautiful but self-absorbed man who sells his soul in order to retain his beauty, letting his portrait age in his stead. In Clark's take, Dorian Gray will be a woman.

This will be the feature directorial debut for Clark, who directed a segment in the all-female horror anthology XX, which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. 

The Picture of Dorian Gray was first adapted by MGM in 1945 and starred Angela Lansbury and George Sanders. A more recent version came out of the U.K. in 2009 that starred Ben Barnes and Colin Firth.

Clark and Birke are both repped by Paradigm.