Thomasin McKenzie finds herself on another dangerous journey inspired by a glamorous, mysterious woman in “Eileen,” her latest big screen outing following “One Night in Soho.” Deadline reports that Neon has acquired North American rights to the pic, which also stars Oscar winner Anne Hathaway.
An adaptation of Otessa Moshfegh’s 2015 novel of the same name, “Eileen” is set in 1964 Massachusetts and sees secretary Eileen (McKenzie) being drawn into the world of Rebecca (Hathaway), a new counselor at the prison where she works. “Their budding friendship takes a twisted turn when Rebecca reveals a dark secret — throwing Eileen onto a sinister path,” the source teases.
Moshfegh penned the script with Luke Goebel.
“Eileen” received raves out of Sundance, where it made its world premiere.
“Seeing my book come to life on screen has always been a career goal. The premiere at Sundance was a beautiful glimpse of what is to come,” said Moshfegh.
Hathaway, who took home an Oscar for her portrayal of Fantine in “Les Misérables,” just signed on to star alongside “I May Destroy You’s” Michaela Coel in “Mother Mary,” a melodrama about a musician and a fashion designer.
McKenzie’s credits include “The Power of the Dog,” “Jojo Rabbit,” and “Leave No Trace.”