Julia Stiles to make directorial debut with ‘Wish You Were Here’

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Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated actor Julia Stiles is partnering with Phiphen Pictures announced for “Wish You Were Here,” which will mark Stiles’ feature film directorial debut.

In addition, Stiles stars in Phiphen Pictures’ thriller “The God Committee” alongside Kelsey Grammer and Colman Domingo, and it is set to premiere to a sold-out screening at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival on Sunday. Vertical Entertainment will release “The God Committee” in select theaters and on demand on July 2, according to a news release.

“I am thrilled to be working with Phiphen again. I’ve been looking for the right story to direct as a feature for a while and have finally found it with Renée Carlino’s ‘Wish You Were Here,'” said Stiles in a statement. “This story is a timeless look at true love that also feels contemporary and very specific to the times we’re living in right now.”

“Wish You Were Here” is based on Carlino’s bestseller. The feature centers on Charlotte, a woman who finds herself in a rut, searching for a spark that seems just out of reach. After she has a whirlwind night of romance and imagining a future with a man named Adam, he ghosts her. When Charlotte finally discovers that Adam is terminally ill, she helps him spend his last days living life to the fullest.

Casting is now underway, according to the news release.

Phiphen Pictures is award-winning producer Molly Conners’ independently owned film and television production company based in New Jersey. Phiphen has produced Netflix’s “Like Father,” starring Kristen Bell and Grammer. The company received an Emmy nomination for producing the short-form comedy television series “It’s Bruno,” currently streaming on Netflix.

Most recently Phiphen produced IFC’s dramatic thriller “Centigrade,” starring Genesis Rodriguez and Vincent Piazza, and Netflix’s science-fiction thriller “Stowaway,” with Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette.

“We are excited to partner with Julia again for her directorial debut and we know she will bring an amazing vision and passion to this beautiful and popular story” said Conners in a statement.

Stiles is represented by The Gersh Agency, Untitled Entertainment, Sloane, Offer and Wolf-Kasteler.



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