Eighth Grade director Bo Burnham has joined Carey Mulligan on the thriller Promising Young Woman for Focus Features, FilmNation, and Lucky Chap Entertainment, which has begun production in Los Angeles.
New cast includes Alison Brie, Laverne Cox, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Jennifer Coolidge, Max Greenfield, Christopher Mintz-Plass, Sam Richardson, and Molly Shannon.
Mulligan plays Cassie, a young woman haunted by a tragedy in her past who begins to take a very particular form of revenge on the predatory men who cross her path. Cox plays Cassie’s concerned boss.
The thriller marks the feature directorial debut of Emerald Fennell, who wrote the screenplay, and produces along with Margot Robbie, Tom Ackerley, and Josey McNamara for LuckyChap Entertainment, and Ben Browning for FilmNation Entertainment. Ashley Fox of FilmNation Entertainment serves as executive producer.
Focus Features and Universal Pictures International will distribute the film worldwide, excluding Australia, New Zealand, Benelux, Israel, Greece, Middle East, CIS, and South Africa.
“I am beyond excited to be working with so many impossibly talented and wonderful people on Promising Young Woman,” said Fennell. “Frankly, I feel lucky to be allowed anywhere in the vicinity of so many geniuses, and I can’t wait to bring this twisted tale to life.”