Fresh off its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, Lizzie has found a North American distributor. Saban Films has picked up the North American distribution rights to the dramatic film starring Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry) as the infamous Lizzie Borden and Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) as the Bordon housekeeper, Bridget Sullivan.
“I couldn’t be happier than to partner with Saban Films and Roadside on Lizzie, a film that has been a labor of love for me for over 10 years. I am thrilled for theatre goers to see this incredible tale,” said Sevigny.
“Chloë and Kristen are two of the most esteemed actresses of our time,” stated Saban Films’ Bill Bromiley. “Their performances in Lizzie are evocative and gripping, and we’re proud to be championing this film.”
Craig William Macneill (Channel Zero) directed from a script by Bryce Kass. Chloë Sevigny, Naomi Despres and Liz Destro produced the period drama, and Elizabeth Stillwell, Roxanne Fie Anderson, and Edward J. Anderson executive produced.
“Chloe and Kristen make these roles their own and they slay in every sense of the word. Craig delivered a tense period thriller and we are excited to partner with our friends at Saban as we bring audiences Lizzie later this year,” added Roadside Attractions co-founders Howard Cohen and Eric d’Arbeloff.
In addition to Sevigny and Stewart, the cast of Lizzie includes Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, Fear the Walking Dead), Denis O’Hare (American Horror Story), Jeff Perry (Scandal), Fiona Shaw (the Harry Potter films), and Jamey Sheridan (Homeland).
Saban Films is teaming up with Roadside Attractions for a planned summer 2018 theatrical release.
The Plot: Written by Bryce Kass and based on the unsolved, much-speculated-about murders of the Borden parents, Lizzie explores the inner workings of the Borden household leading up to the murders and their immediate aftermath and reveals many layers of the strange, fragile woman who stood accused of the brutal crime. As an unmarried woman of 32, Lizzie (Sevigny) is a social outcast trapped under her father’s austere and domineering control. When Bridget Sullivan (Stewart), a young maid desperate for work, comes to live with the family, Lizzie finds a sympathetic, kindred spirit, and a chance intimacy that blossoms into a wicked plan, and a dark, unsettling end.