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CANNES: ‘Game of Thrones’ Actress to Star in Clive Barker’s Horror Film ‘Jacqueline Ess’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Game of Thrones” actress Lena Headey will star in the movie version of horror icon Clive Barker’s “Jacqueline Ess.”

Raven Banner Entertaintment and Barker’s Seraphim Films are producing. Raven Banner will be selling the film, set to go into production late this year, at Cannes.

Lena Headey is a marvelous performer with an incredible presence,” says executive producer Clive Barker. “As far as I’m concerned, there is no better choice of actress for the role of Jacqueline. Her beauty and authority will carry the day.”

Jovanka Vuckovic will make her feature debut. Her credits include short film “The Captured Bird” from exec producer Guillermo del Toro, and the all-female horror anthology “XX.”

Vuckovic will direct from a script she co-wrote with Christian Francis.

“Jacqueline Ess” is the story of a woman who, in her thirst for change, achieves the ability to transform people’s bodies at will. It originally appeared in Barker’s “Books of Blood” anthologies, which also included the stories that were basis for the horror films “Lord of Illusions” and “Candyman.”

Headey and Vuckovic will be co-producers on the film. Barker, along with Seraphim’s Mark Miller and Ben Meares, will executive produce.

Headey starred recently in Warner Bros.’ “300: Rise of an Empire.”

 

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