Iain Softley’s next picture is to be an adaptation of Sebastian Japrisot’s novel A Trap For Cinderella. Unlike almost every other film in development, this won’t be a lightly tweaked revision of a famous fairy tale or children’s novel but is actually a contemporary thriller dosed with a little splash of the Hitchcocks. Of course, I’m sure the Cinderella resonances will be many but don’t go expecting glass slippers or swanky carriages made from magic pumpkin.
Here’s the rather minimal blurb for Jarpisot’s novel:
A suspicious beach house fire in southern France traps two young women. One dies. One survives, but is burned beyond recognition and left with amnesia. Plastic surgery gives her a pretty new face, but who is she, really? Killer or victim? Winner of France’s most prestigious crime-fiction award, Trap For Cinderella is an engrossing tour de force by a master of mystery and deception.
I’m a big fan of Softley’s and this sounds like a tremendous project for him, with his lyrical eye*. I’ll be leaning forward to find out who he brings on board to design and shoot the movie.
The film is set to start production in February, in both the UK and France, and is being pre-sold at the AFM now. This is where the casting details have surfaced via THR:
Imogen Poots, Felicity Jones, Ed Westwick, Tamsin Egerton, Brooke Shields, Bill Bailey and Bill Nighy.
Egerton and Westwick are yet to score many tick marks on my dance card but I’m pleased to see everybody else – particularly Bailey. He’s got a distinctive presence that I’m curious to see applied in more dramas.
*Lyrical eye? Not… quite… right…
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