Lena Headey is set to make her directorial debut with the psychological thriller Violet.
The Game of Thrones actress will step behind the camera to direct the film adaptation of SJI Holliday’s novel of the same name in 2019.
The story follows two lone female travelers who develop an intense friendship after sharing a cabin on the Trans-Siberian Express and decide to team up for the next leg of their journey. As the journey continues, their relationship begins to unravel – as neither woman is who she claims to be.
The producers told Deadline that the project is reminiscent of The Talented Mr. Ripley and Single White Female, while comparisons have also been made to the TV series Killing Eve.
“Susi’s Violet is a compulsive page-turner that stayed with me long after I finished the book — it’s exciting that my feature directorial debut is such an intense female thriller,” Headey told the publication. “It’s a wild ride to the end with vast cinematic scope, centered around two very complex women who will completely unravel over the course of the film. I can’t wait to get started.”
Headey previously wrote and directed the 2019 short film The Trap, which was nominated for a BAFTA. She also directed the 2019 music video for Freya Ridings’ You Mean the World to Me and the 2020 promo for Madeon’s Miracle, both featuring her Game of Thrones co-star Maisie Williams.
The 300 actress will direct Violet from a screenplay written by Gareth Pritchard. Production is expected to begin in October.