NEW YORK Fast-rising 17-year-old thesp Leelee Sobieski has committed to star for Sony in the Wesley Strick-scripted thriller “The Glass House,” breaking the $1 million barrier for the first time.
The drama by the “Cape Fear” scribe, sold as a pricey spec last month, will be produced by Neal Moritz. Columbia is plotting a spring start date and, before signing a director, reserved that scheduling slot with Sobieski. She will play a teenager who is taken in by a Malibu couple after her parents die in a car accident. The teen soon discovers that her new guardians are not the caring friends they seemed to be and may even be behind the financially motivated murder of her folks. Pic’s described as a cross between “Sleeping With the Enemy” and “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.”
Last seen in Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut,” Sobieski was nominated for an Emmy for her role as the title character in the miniseries “Joan of Arc.” She has developed into one of the busiest teen actors working in adult-themed studio films.
Having wrapped “Here on Earth” for Fox 2000, she is starring with Steve Zahn in the John Dahl-directed “Squelch” at Fox, after which she will join Albert Brooks in the Christine Lahti-directed “My First Mister.” Sobieski will then move on to “The Glass House,” ending the possibility, at least for now, that she will star for “Crumb” director Terry Zwigoff in “Ghost World.”
Sobieski is repped by ICM’s Steve Chasman and attorney Craig Emanuel.