EXCLUSIVE: Actress, model and singer Bella Thorne (Midnight Sun) has been set to star in a thriller Saint Clareco-written by Geneva Turner (American Psychopath).
The project will follow Clare Bleecker (Thorne), a quiet Catholic college student with a divine calling to kill. The story is based on the novel. Clara at 16 by Don Roff, with his sequel novel in 2023.
The producers are in negotiations with Rebecca DeMornay (Jessica Jones) to join the cast, with additional casting for other key roles underway. Production is scheduled to begin soon in Kentucky.
The film will be directed by Mitzi Peirone (Braid) who also wrote the screenplay with Turner (who co-wrote the screenplay for Bret Easton Ellis’s cult adaptation American Psycho). Producers are David Chackler, Arielle Elwes, Thor Bradwell, and Joel Michaely.
Screen Media has obtained worldwide rights to the project and will have its Forecast The Unlimited division launches international sales at this month’s Cannes market. Screen Media will distribute the film in the US.
Executive producers are Cassian Elwes, Seth Needle, Mark Damon, Tamara Birkemoe, Veronica Radaelli, Tom Culliver, Nadia Redler, Dave Sereny, and Jere Hausfater.
The Screen Media deal was brokered by Seth Needle on behalf of Screen Media and Jere Hausfater for Elevated.
Thorne is best known for films including Midnight Sun, the DUFF, The babysitter series and Amityville: The Awakeningas well as television series such as famous crush Y Paradise City.
Screen Media said, “With such a talented pedigree, we are thrilled to continue our relationship with Cassian Elwes and his Elevated Films brand and to work with Bella Thorne again on this powerful project that will captivate audiences.”
Producer Arielle Elwes added: “We are thrilled to be working with the incredible Bella Thorne; she is so perfect for the role. Mitzi is real, and I can’t wait to see what she prepares for what is going to be a great franchise.”
Bella Thorne and Mitzi Peirone are represented by Thor Bradwell of Thirty Three Management.