Golden Globe winner Ruth Wilson (“The Affair”) is set to star in Osgood Perkins’ supernatural thriller “I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House.”
Oscar-nominated actor Bob Balaban (“Moonrise Kingdom”) will co-star alongside Lucy Boynton, who co-starred in Perkins’ directorial debut “February.”
“I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House” follows Lily (Wilson), a young nurse hired to care for elderly Helen Bloom, a best-selling author of ghost stories who has chosen to live out her final days in her beloved country home — a home that holds a horrific ghost story of its own.
Rob Paris’ Paris Film is producing and co-financing the movie through its recently announced venture with Robert Menzies’ Ottawa-based production company Zed Filmworks and Canadian real estate developer Alphonse Ghossein’s Go Insane Films.
Perkins will direct from his own script, and production will start Feb. 16 in Ottawa. Paris and Menzies are producing, while Ghossein serves as executive producer.
“I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House “marks Perkins’ second project with Paris Film, Zed Filmworks and Go Insane Films following their successful collaboration on “February,” which A24 acquired at the Toronto International Film Festival. Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka star alongside Boynton.
Wilson is represented Untitled Entertainment and CAA, which also reps Perkins. Balaban is repped by Paradigm, while Innovative Artists and United Agents rep Boynton.
Paris Film and Zed Filmworks recently joined forces in a partnership with Go Insane Films to co-finance and produce a slate of five films over two years, with production based in Ottawa. “I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House” is the third project to be announced under the deal.
The first two were Chris Eigeman’s “Trinity,” which follows two brilliant young physicists recruited in 1943 from Columbia University to help build the first atomic bomb, and Zak Hilditch’s “Numbskull,” about internet sensation Billy “The Kid” O’Connor, who who must reconcile the extreme exploits that brought him fame and fortune while driving away his wife and daughter.