Olivia Munn has signed on for the title role of Justine Bateman’s directorial debut VIOLET, which also stars Justin Theroux and Anthony LaPaglia. Munn and Theroux previously worked together in voice roles for The Lego Ninjago Movie, and both appeared in Zoolander 2, which Theroux co-wrote.
Bateman is producing and directing from her own script that 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 will portray her boss, who diminishes Violet’s confidence in a way similar to the voice.
Bateman will produce under her Section 5 banner, along with Mark G. Mathis. Cassian Elwes is executive producing the project. Shooting is scheduled to begin in the spring in Los Angeles.
Bateman’s comedy short Five Minutes debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and was named an official selection at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival. Previously she produced Ileana Douglas’ comedy series Easy to Assemble and was nominated for an Emmy in Family Ties. She is represented by Hummel Entertainment.
Variety broke the news.
April Dawn | Editorial Intern