Anne Hathaway and Thomasin McKenzie’s upcoming debut ‘Eileen’ wrapped production in New Jersey. The film is based on the book by Ottessa Moshfegh, it follows a young woman who becomes infatuated with a new co-worker, who pulls her into complicity in a crime that surpasses her wildest imaginings.
Marin Ireland and Owen Teague will also star in the film. “Eileen” is a female-led crime drama and follows a troubled 24-year-old woman who works in a boys’ prison in the 1960s. The project was previously announced in development in 2016.
Read the synopsis from Deadline below.
In the film, Eileen (McKenzie) is a peculiar young woman – aloof and unphased by the gloomy nature of her job at the local youth prison. But something in her changes the day that the new counselor, Dr. Rebecca St. John (Oscar winner Hathaway) arrives. She is instantly captivated by Rebecca’s glamorous, enigmatic presence. As the two women grow closer, Eileen is inspired to explore new facets of her own personality and desires. But her metamorphosis takes a twisted turn when Rebecca reveals a dark secret – throwing Eileen onto a much more sinister path.
“This is a movie about a woman breaking free,” said the pic’s producer, Likely Story’s Anthony Bregman. “Eileen is stuck inside the constraints of history, place, social class, upbringing, and imagination, and Rebecca provides her with a deviant way out. We’re lucky that our own partners in crime are storytellers, performers, and producing partners devilish enough to make that journey both shocking and entertaining.”
“We are thrilled to be working with such bold and talented filmmakers to bring this daring emotional thriller to life,” said Negeen Yazdi, SVP Film Development and Production at Endeavor Content. “Will’s vision is a perfect match for Ottessa’s delicious characters who will be played by two of the most dazzlingly compelling actors working today.”