A24 has confirmed that they’re re-teaming with Halina Reijn, the director of their slasher satire Bodies Bodies Bodies, on a erotic thriller called Babygirl – and an impressive cast has already been assembled for the film. Here’s the line-up: Nicole Kidman (Being the Ricardos), Antonio Banderas (Desperado), Harris Dickinson (The Iron Claw), Sophie Wilde (Talk to Me), and Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional).
According to Deadline, Reijn will be working from a screenplay she wrote herself. The story she crafted for this one centers on a successful CEO who begins an illicit affair with her much younger intern. Given the “thriller” part of the “erotic thriller” description, we have to assume that this affair goes terribly wrong in some way… probably in a way that involves more than just hurt feelings.
Reijn is producing Babygirl for MAN UP Film, alongside A24 and David Hinojosa of 2AM. Julia Oh, Zach Nutman, and Christine D’Souza Gelb of 2AM serve as executive producers. A24 is providing the financing.
In addition to working with Reijn on Bodies Bodies Bodies and Babygirl, A24 also picked up the distribution rights to her feature directorial debut Instinct, which was selected as the official Dutch entry for the Best International Feature Oscar.
A24 is a popular company among genre fans, thanks to their record of releasing movies like Under the Skin, Life After Beth, Tusk, Ex Machina, The Witch, Green Room, The Blackcoat’s Daughter, It Comes at Night, Hereditary, Midsommar, The Lighthouse, Saint Maud, X, Pearl, and Talk to Me. Releases like Room, Moonlight, Minari, The Whale, Aftersun, Causeway, Close, Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, and Everything Everywhere All at Once have also proven popular with the Academy. Among the company’s upcoming projects is a Peacock streaming series called Crystal Lake, which is based on the Friday the 13th film franchise and is headed up by Hannibal creator Bryan Fuller. Their most recent releases include Dream Scenario, Dicks: The Musical, All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt, and Priscilla.
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