Jena Malone has signed on to star in the Victorian ghost story ANGELICA, which comes from TEETH director Mitchell Lichtenstein. The tale is spun from author Arthur Phillips' 2007 novel of the same name, about a family that experiences a "sexual" ghostly presence inside their home.
That has got to make for some awkward dinnertime conversation.
Here's the full description of the book, which has drawn comparisons to "Turn of the Screw" and "The Haunting of Hill House":
The novel opens in London, the 1880’s, and the Barton household is on the brink of collapse. Mother, father, and daughter provoke each other, consciously and unconsciously, and a horrifying crisis is triggered. As the family’s tragedy is told several times from different perspectives, events are recast, and sympathies shift; nothing is at it seems. These differing accounts appear to contradict each other, but each one casts new light—and new shadows—on the others, and on the desires and fears that drive these vivid characters. In the dark of night, a chilling sexual spectre is making its way through the house, hovering over the sleeping girl and terrorizing her fragile mother. Are these visions real, or is there something more sinister, and more human, to fear? A spiritualist is summoned to cleanse the place of its terrors, but with her arrival the complexities of motive and desire only multiply. By day, the mother’s failing health and the father’s many secrets fuel the growing conflicts, while the daughter—innocent and vulnerable, or precocious and manipulative—flirts dangerously with truth and fantasy.
Jena Malone (pictured below) recently wrapped up shooting on THE HUNGER GAMES sequel, CATCHING FIRE, and can be seen in flicks like CONTACT, DONNIE DARKO and THE RUINS.