Daisy Ridley and Shazad Latif, along with Matilda Lutz are set to star in contemporary, sexy, noir pic Magpie. The pic is based on an original idea from Ridley and was written by Tom Bateman. Award-winning British theater talent Sam Yates will make his feature directorial debut.
The Veterans will launch the title to buyers for the first time at this year’s Cannes Marché du Film. CAA Media Finance is handling domestic rights. Magpie is produced by Ridley and Bateman of Werewolf Films and Kate Solomon of 55 Films.
“Our aim with Magpie is to make a Hitchcockian thriller that will take audiences on a genuine ride – fast paced and beautiful to look at with a tension that will build from the start and keep everyone guessing to the very end,” said producers Ridley, Bateman and Solomon.
The film follows a couple whose lives are thrown into disarray when their daughter is cast opposite a controversial major star and will shoot in London in early 2023.
“I immediately connected with Tom Bateman’s ingenious, intoxicating script. I’m excited to take audiences on a wild, surprising thrill ride with our stellar cast led by the incomparable Daisy Ridley,” said Yates.
Ridley is represented by CAA and Sloane, Offer, Weber, Dern; Latif is represented by ICM, Lou Coulson Associates, Principal Entertainment, and Felker Toczek; Lutz is represented by Independent Talent; Bateman is represented by CAA, United Agents, and Felker Toczek; and Yates is represented by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.