×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux Join Justine Bateman’s Drama ‘Violet’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Olivia Munn has signed on for the title role of Justine Bateman’s feature film directorial debut “Violet” with Justin Theroux and Anthony LaPaglia.

Bateman is producing and directing from her own script. “Violet” follows a rising film executive who lives according to the Voice (Theroux) in her head, until unexpectedly realizing the truth — it’s been lying about everything. LaPaglia portrays her boss, who dilutes her confidence in a way similar to the Voice.

Bateman will produce under her Section 5 banner, along with Mark G. Mathis (“Precious”). Cassian Elwes (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”) is executive producing the project. Shooting is slated to begin in the spring  in Los Angeles.

Munn’s credits include portraying the Elizabeth Braddock/Psylocke character in “X-Men: Apocalypse” and in the upcoming “Dark Phoenix.” She’s also portraying a scientist in the upcoming “The Predator” and appearing in “Ocean’s 8.”

Bateman’s comedy short, “Five Minutes,” debuted at the Toronto Film Festival in the fall and was  named an official selection at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival, and has since finished her second short film, “Push.” Previously, she produced Ileana Douglas’ comedy series, “Easy to Assemble,” and was nominated for an Emmy in “Family Ties.”

Bateman is represented by Hummel Entertainment and  by Hertz Lichtenstein & Young. Munn is represented by CAA and Atlas Artists. Theroux is represented by CAA and Lighthouse Management & Media. LaPaglia is represented by ICM Partners and Industry Entertainment.

More Film

  • Child's Play

    Film Review: 'Child's Play'

    Something happened to horror movies in the 1980s, the origins of which can be traced a few years earlier, to “Halloween” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”: The villains in brutally violent slasher movies became the heroes — or, at least, the characters audiences found themselves rooting for — which in turn created the opportunity for [...]

  • Radiohead - Thom YorkeRadiohead in concert

    Radiohead’s Thom Yorke to Release Solo Album Accompanied by Paul Thomas Anderson Film

    Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s new solo studio album, “Anima,” will be released digitally on June 27 on XL Recordings, he announced today. The album’s digital release will be accompanied by a “one-reeler,” also entitled “Anima,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (“Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia,” “There Will Be Blood”) and set to three tracks from the new [...]

  • HKIFFS and Heaven Pictures

    Hong Kong Festival, China's Heaven Pictures Launch 'Back to Basics' Film Project Support

    The Hong Kong International Film Festival Society (HKIFFS) and China’s Heaven Pictures announced that they will award six Asian filmmakers RMB1 million ($145,000) in a joint project to demonstrate how high-quality films can still be made inexpensively. The six films that emerge from the new initiative, titled “Back to Basics (B2B): A Love Supreme,” will [...]

  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan in conversation at

    Shanghai: How Nuri Bilge Ceylan Sees the World so Differently

    At a masterclass on Thursday, Turkish film director Nuri Bilge Ceylan gave the initial impression of being an austere and unwilling participant. Wearing heavy glasses, keeping his coat on, and responding to questions rather than offering a class, his manner suggested that he was difficult. In China as the head of the Shanghai International Film [...]

  • SpiderMan Far From Home

    Hollywood Takes on Italy's Vacation-Heavy Summer Season With Blockbusters

    With upcoming movies such as “Toy Story 4,” “Men in Black: International” and “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” Hollywood studios are finally taking the plunge this year and slotting their blockbusters in Italian cinemas during the summer, a time when residents traditionally hit the beach en masse. For decades, the studios withheld their [...]

  • Easy Money

    Netflix Orders 'Snabba Cash' Series Based on Hit Movie Franchise from SF Studios

    Netflix has ordered a six-part original series based on the hit Swedish crime franchise “Snabba Cash” from SF Studios. Based on Jens Lapidus’s bestselling novels, the series is set in Stockholm’s gritty criminal underground ten years after the events depicted in the “Snabba Cash” (“Easy Money,” pictured) movie trilogy. The society has become even more [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content