STXfilms, Black Bear Pictures and Anonymous Content today announced that Ben Mendelsohn (Babyteeth, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) has joined Daisy Ridley (Star Wars films) in Neil Burger’s (Limitless, The Illusionist) psychological thriller The Marsh King’s Daughter.
The forthcoming adaptation of Karen Dionne’s best-selling novel of the same name (check price at Amazon) was written by Elle Smith & Mark L. Smith (The Revenant, Midnight Sky).
The film is produced by Black Bear Pictures’ Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game, I Care a Lot), Anonymous Content’s Keith Redmon (The Revenant, Midnight Sky) and Mark L. Smith. The Executive Producers are Black Bear’s Michael Heimler, Syndicate Entertainment’s Cliff Roberts, and Charles Miller.
Black Bear will fully finance the project, with principal photography set to begin in Canada this June.
Ben Mendelsohn will star as Jacob Holbrook, the infamous “Marsh King,” who years ago kept his young daughter, Helena, and her mother captive in the wilderness for years.
After a lifetime of trying to escape her past, a now grown Helena (Ridley) is forced to face her demons when Jacob unexpectedly returns.
Mendelsohn is a Golden Globe-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor best known for his roles in Animal Kingdom, The Dark Knight Rises, The Place Beyond the Pines, Darkest Hour, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Captain Marvel, The King, and Netflix’s Bloodline.
He starred in this year’s BAFTA-nominated Babyteeth and will next be seen in Marvel Studios’ Secret Invasion for Disney+, as well as Joe Wright’s Cyrano, in which he co-stars alongside Haley Bennett, and in Damián Szifron’s Misanthrope opposite Shailene Woodley.
STXfilms recently acquired the U.S. distribution rights for the film from Black Bear and Anonymous Content, and will directly distribute the film in the UK, Ireland and India.
The Marsh King’s Daughter falls under the output and distribution agreement between Black Bear Pictures and STXinternational.