More news is rolling out of Toronto International Film Festival, with Eva Green and Emmanuelle Seigner set to star in the new film from Roman Polanski, BASED ON A TRUE STORY. The psychological thriller, which will start filming in Paris this November, will be sold by Lionsgate and Mars Distribution.
The film is based on the award-winning novel of the same name by Delphine de Vigan. Last year it won the Prix Renaudot and high school prize Goncourt des Lyceens. The story follows a writer (Seigner) who becomes endangered by an obsessive admirer (Green).
Polanski is producing, directing, and co-writing the film. The other writer is Olivier Assayas, who recently won the Best Director prize at Cannes for Personal Shopper starring Kristen Stewart. Wassim Beji is also producing with his banner WY Productions.
This marks Polanski’s first return to directing since his 2013 drama Venus in Fur. He is also set to direct the upcoming film D. In the past, he’s directed the critically acclaimed films Chinatown, The Pianist (for which he won Best Director at the Oscars), and Tess.
Green is known for her lead role on the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, which concluded this past June. She has also appeared in several films, including the acclaimed James Bond flick Casino Royale, 300: Rise of an Empire, and will star in Tim Burton’s upcoming film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children as the titular Miss Peregrine.
Seigner is a French actress who appeared in Polanski’s last film, Venus in Fur, which earned her César Award nomination for Best Actress. She has also appeared in films such as In the House, Essential Killing, and Change of Plans.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor
This news was first reported by Variety.