Kristen Stewart, Chloe Sevigny to Star in Lizzie Borden Movie

Kristen Stewart Chloe Sevigny Lizzie Borden
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Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny are in talks to star in a drama about notorious murderess Lizzie Borden.

Pieter Van Hees (“Waste Land”) will direct the psychological thriller from a screenplay by Bryce Kass.

Sevigny will play Borden, who was acquitted in 1892 for murdering her father and stepmother with an ax. She was set to take on the same character in an HBO miniseries from Tom Hanks that never came together.

Stewart will assume the role of Bridget Sullivan, the Bordens’ live-in maid who testified at the trial as she was home when the murders were committed.

The still-untitled film explores the true events that led up to the infamous double murder.

Borden’s story has already been adapted for the big and small screen, including Christina Ricci’s 2014 TV movie, “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax.” It also inspired the children’s rhyme with the same tile: “Lizzie Borden took an ax/and gave her mother 40 whacks/when the job was finally done/gave her father 41.”

Naomi Despres is producing the gothic thriller and Playtone is executive producing. The Solution will sell the film at the upcoming American Film Market, while WME is representing the project in the U.S.

Stewart, best known for the “Twilight” franchise, most recently starred in the drama “Still Alice” and action comedy “American Ultra.” Her sci-fi film “Equals” played at the Venice and Toronto film festivals and recently sold to A24 and DirecTV. She also has the Ang Lee pic “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” and a Woody Allen movie on the horizon.

Sevigny currently stars in FX’s “American Horror Story: Hotel.”

Stewart is repped by Gersh and McKuin Frankel Whitehead, while Sevigny is repped by WME and Brillstein Entertainment. Van Hees is repped by Andrew Wilson and Kass is repped by Principato-Young Entertainment.

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  1. Nice but same o’ same ol’ really. I’d love to see a movie that is based on one of the more recent crop of books that ask the question, “could someone else have done it?”

  2. Brooklyn Gilleland says:

    Christina is the OG of Lizzie Borden! She is the best! Kristen Stewart or Chloe Sevigny could never compare. I honestly doubt the could portray someone so dark as good as Ricci can!

  3. Love Sevigny, don’t care for Stewart, so the jury’s still out on seeing this when it premieres.

  4. hawk says:

    I expect a completely different view as Stewart adds to her work. Remember CXR and the whole world was surprised her complement the material on the topic.
    It will be great performances from Stewart and Sevigny.

  5. I personally loved the recent movie and series with Christina Ricci and Clea DuVall as Lizzie and her sister Emma on the Lifetime channel. I don’t see anyone doing a better job of looking so innocent yet a murderess at the same time. I am really looking forward to a season 3 if there is one.

  6. Which would be more painful: getting forty whacks with an ax or watching Kristen Stewart’s acting? The latter I say.

  7. HPR says:

    Good. Because that TV version was crap.

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