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Cannes: Kristen Stewart’s ‘Lizzie Borden’ Draws ‘The Boy’ Director

“The Boy” director Craig William Macneill will helm the psychological thriller “Lizzie Borden,” starring Kristen Stewart and Chloe Sevigny.

Naomi Despres (“Kill the Messenger”) is producing. The Solution is handling international rights at the Cannes Film Festival. WME represents the film’s U.S. rights.

“The Boy,” Macneill’s feature film directorial debut, starred David Morse and Rainn Wilson. The horror thriller, which has grossed $64 million, had its world premiere at the last year’s South by Southwest festival.

Macneill is also directing all six episodes of “Channel Zero: Candle Cove” for Syfy.

“We are thrilled to have Craig on board to direct this bone-chilling thriller,” said The Solution’s Myles Nestel. “Craig has the perfect vision for the film that is centered around the complicated relationship between two powerful women. He knows how to unravel the many psychological layers and seemingly fragile character of the infamous Lizzie Borden who is driven to commit a hideous murder.”

Bryce Kass wrote the screenplay for the gothic thriller about the Borden family being brutally murdered in 1892. Sevigny will play Lizzie Borden, an ordinary woman who longed for freedom from her father’s cold, domineering control. She found a sympathetic, kindred spirit in Bridget Sullivan (to be portrayed by Stewart), a young maid working for the family.

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