Anna Kendrick to star in director Mary Nighy’s psychological thriller ‘Alice, Darling’

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Anna Kendrick appears on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” April 29, 2021. [Photo by Weiss Eubanks /NBCUniversal]

Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick will star in and executive produce the femme-focused psychological thriller “Alice, Darling,” now in production in Canada.

Mary Nighy’s feature film directorial debut, the film also stars Wunmi Mosaku, Kaniehtiio Horn and Charlie Carrick. It is written by Alanna Francis (“The Rest of Us”).

Nighy’s previous directing work for television includes episodes of “Industry,” “Traces” and “Silent Witness.”

“’Alice, Darling’ is a subtle, nuanced story about coercion and control. As a director, I couldn’t wish for a better cast of talented actors and creatives to bring this important story to life. The chemistry between Anna Kendrick, Wunmi Mosaku, and Kaniehtiio Horn as the three friends is a joy to see,” Nighy said in a statement.

The movie focuses on Alice (Kendrick), who is behaving strangely and keeping secrets about her mercurial boyfriend (Carrick) from her two best friends (Mosaku and Horn). When the three friends take a girl’s trip out of town, all secrets are revealed when a local girl goes missing and Alice’s boyfriend arrives unannounced.

Lionsgate recently announced that it is partnering with Babe Nation Films, Elevation Pictures and Castelletto Films on the upcoming thriller.

“Alice, Darling” is produced by Katie Bird Nolan, Lindsay Tapscott, Christina Piovesan and Noah Segal and executive produced by Kendrick and Sam Tipper-Hale. The film is being made with the support of Ontario Creates and Urban Post.

“We strive to tell female stories unflinchingly, with nuance, care, and authenticity. ‘Alice, Darling’ will keep audiences riveted, but ultimately, it is a story of female resilience and empowerment. We are so proud to be working with Alanna, Mary, our brilliant cast, Elevation, Castelletto, and Lionsgate on this project,” said the producers at Babe Nation Films in a statement.

Lionsgate will handle worldwide distribution of the film, except in Canada, where it will be handled by Elevation.

A key element of Lionsgate’s slate strategy involves teaming with partners and filmmakers on projects specifically curated for a variety of distribution strategies, according to a news release. Through these collaborations, Lionsgate is focused on delivering a pipeline of films in a wide range of genres, including action, thriller, comedy, romance, and horror, with each tailored toward distribution platforms that best suit its audiences.

“’Alice, Darling’ is just the kind of film we are looking to champion at Lionsgate, a captivating psychological thriller with three strong women at the center. We are excited to support this amazing female-led team of filmmakers and diverse cast,” said Lauren Bixby, vice president of acquisitions and co-productions at Lionsgate, in a statement.

Kendrick most recently starred in the HBO Max series “Love Life” and Netflix’s feature “Stowaway,” and she also reprised her voice role as Poppy in “Trolls World Tour.” She was nominated for the Academy Award for her performance in 2009’s “Up in the Air” and more recently received acclaim for her performance in Lionsgate’s “A Simple Favor.”

Mosaku most recently starred in the Netflix’s feature film “His House,” for which she received critical praise and won a British Independent Film Award. She can currently be seen in Disney+’s “Loki” and was previously celebrated for her role in HBO’s “Lovecraft Country.” Deadline recently reported that she has signed on to star in HBO’s “We Own This City.”

Horn recently starred in the feature film “Possessor” as well as the television series “Barkskins” and “Letterkenny.”


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