Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny will pick up the axe for new thriller
Two terrific actors have joined a new psychological thriller that will be based on the horrific murders of the infamous Borden Family. Pieter Van Hees is set to direct the film, which will focus on the Borden family’s axe-murders. The crime is home to one of the most infamous murders in American History and has been the subject of television and films in the past.
This time Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart are expected to join the project, adding a bit of super star-power to the upcoming rendition of the famous tale. Bryce Kass will write the script for the film.
As of right now cast-listings and details are limited but we do know that Sevigny is set to play Borden, the woman who was tried and acquitted for murdering her father and stepmother with an ax back in 1892. According to early repots, the film’s story will follow the events that lead up-to the gruesome murder and explore more of Lizzie Borden’s backstory.
As for Kristen Stewart, who is currently in early negotiations to join the film but is expected to take on the role, she will play the Bordens’ live-in maid named Bridget Sullivan. Not only was Sullivan a permanent fixture within the household, she was also one of the key testimonies of the actual trial. It was stated that Sullivan was actually in the Borden’s home the night of the murders.
Christina Ricci recently starred in a television telling of the story but there have been several thrillers made in the past surrounding the events.
“Lizzie Borden took an ax/and gave her mother 40 whacks/when the job was finally done/gave her father 41.” That’s one of the most famous rhymes to come out of the age, which saw the terrible acts as one of the bloodiest events of the time-period. It has been suspected that Borden and Sullivan were lovers, the film is expected to explore that storyline as well.
Naomi Despres is producing the film, Playtone is executive producing. The studio will hope to sell the rights to the film to a distributor at the American Film Market.