Sarah Paulson has signed on to star in Searchlight Pictures’ horror-thriller Dust, which is set to begin production in late August.
Paulson will also serve as executive producer on the story about a mother haunted by her past and trapped by dust storms who encounters a threatening presence and takes extraordinary measures to protect her family.
Claire Foy was originally attached to the project when it was introduced to the virtual Cannes market in 2020. Searchlight announced it had acquired worldwide rights in October of that year.
Will Joines and Karrie Crouse will co-direct from a screenplay by Crouse. Dust will stream on Disney’s direct-to-consumer platforms as a Hulu Original in the US, Star+ in Latin America, and Disney+ under the Star banner in all other territories.
Alix Madigan and Lucas Joaquin are producing. SVP, acquisitions & production Chan Phung, director of development Zahra Phillips and creative affairs manager Daejione Jones are overseeing for Searchlight Pictures, reporting to heads of production and development DanTram Nguyen and Katie Goodson-Thomas.
Paulson’s film credits include Ocean’s 8, Carol, Mud and for TV Impeachment: American Crime Story and American Horror Story. She will soon begin production on Bruce Norris’ film adaptation of his Pulitzer, Tony and Olivier award-winning play, Clybourne Park directed by Pam MacKinnon. She is also set to star in Bad Robot’s series adaptation of Glennon Doyle’s memoir, Untamed.