Rebecca Hall and Michael C. Hall are starring in director Antonio Campos’ indie drama “Christine,” which chronicles the true story of the final months of a depressed news broadcaster who infamously committed suicide on live television, TheWrap has exclusively learned.
Tracy Letts (“Homeland”), J. Smith-Cameron (“Rectify”) and Maria Dizzia (“Orange Is the New Black”) co-star in “Christine,” which Campos has been filming under the radar for the past couple weeks.
“Iron Man 3” actress Hall stars as 29-year-old WXLT-TV news reporter Christine Chubbuck, who shot herself on the air in Florida. Chubbuck carefully planned her suicide and even wrote a script for her program that included a third-person account of the shooting to be read by whichever staff member took over the broadcast after the incident. 14 hours after she was taken to the same hospital she predicted, she was pronounced dead.
“Dexter” alum Hall co-stars as George, a fellow news anchor on whom she harbors a crush. That character is based on Chubbuck’s real-life crush George Peter Ryan.
Letts will play Christine’s boss and Smith-Cameron will play her mother, while Dizzia will play Jean Reed, a network camerawoman who works with Christine on many news segments.
Campos, who produced “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and previously directed “Afterschool” and “Simon Killer,” is working off a script by Craig Shilowich, who’s also producing the film with Melody C. Roscher.
Campos’ Borderline Films partners Josh Mond and Sean Durkin will executive produce. Roscher worked with Borderline on Mond’s directorial debut “James White,” which was recently acquired by The Film Arcade following its Sundance debut.
Rebecca Hall, who will soon be seen opposite Jason Bateman in STX Entertainment’s first release “The Gift,” recently joined the cast of Steven Spielberg‘s ‘The BFG”) She is represented by WME and Julian Belfrage Associates.
Michael C. Hall’s recent feature credits include the Sundance entries “Cold in July” and “Kill Your Darlings.” He’s repped by UTA, Authentic Talent and Peikoff Mahan.
Dizzia, who previously worked with Campos on “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” can currently be seen alongside James Franco in “True Story.” She’s repped by Perennial Entertainment, attorney Marcy Morris and the Gersh Agency, the latter of which also reps Smith-Cameron.
Letts is currently filming Adam McKay‘s “The Big Short” and will soon be seen in “Elvis & Nixon.” He’s repped by Innovative Artists and attorney Stan Coleman.
Campos is represented by UTA, Washington Square Films and attorney Peter Nelson of Nelson Davis.