Harry Potter alum Timothy Spall, who stars in the upcoming Alice Through The Looking Glass, has been tapped to star alongside the warrior princess herself, Lucy Lawless (Spartacus, Eurotrip) in a new YA supernatural thriller.
The Changeover, based on the book by New Zealand author Margaret Mahy, is set to be directed by Stuart McKenzie (For Good, Dark Stories 2) and Miranda Harcourt (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies). The pair previously worked together in the 2003 film, For Good, which McKenzie directed and Harcourt made a small appearance in as the mother.
Also along for the ride are Melanie Lynskey (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Togetherness) and Charlie Heaton (As You Are, Urban and The Shed Crew). No details on their roles have been disclosed as of yet, but are expected to be released when the film begins principal photography in August 2016. The film is set to be shot in New Zealand to meet a mid-2017 release.
Lawless recently completed filming the first season of the Starz original series, Ash vs. Evil Dead and a wickedly delicious villainous arc in the second season of WGN America's hit series, Salem, where she portrayed the breathtakingly beautiful and murderous Countess Marburg. Spall, best known for his role as Peter Pettigrew in the decade spanning Harry Potter series, which upon the release of its eighth film, became the highest grossing film franchise of all time until the record was overtaken by both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The film is set to follow the story of 16-year-old Laura Chant, who lives in a low-rent suburb on the edge of earthquake-scarred Christchurch with her mother and 4-year-old brother, Jacko. When an ancient spirit attacks Jacko and slowly drains the life out of him, Laura discovers her true identity and the supernatural ability within her, which she must harness to save her brother’s life.
Emma Slade, who's set to produce the film, had this to say about the film,
“This is a story about finding your individual empowerment in a scary, thrilling, supernatural environment. It’s a film in the vein of Twilight where very human characters firmly grounded in the real world have to discover their inner strengths to survive and save those they love.”