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DuVall, Interrupted: Lynskey, Lyonne, Shawkat & Smulders Join Thesp’s Directorial Debut

While not all that unusual in a country such as France, we can add the name of Clea DuVall to the stream of under 40 actresses making the move behind the camera. Best known for recent turns in American Horror Story and Argo, has lined up quite the ensemble for her directorial debut. The Wrap reports that Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, Vincent Piazza, Jason Ritter, Ben Schwartz, Alia Shawkat and Cobie Smulders are the main players in the untitled project. Sev Ohanian (co-produced Fruitvale Station) and Burn Later Productions’ Paul M. Bernon and Sam Slater (Results) will produce. Mel Eslyn (Lamb) and David Bernon will executive produce with DuVall. Look for the production to begin sometime soon with a pegged 2016 festival release.

Gist: Plot details have yet to be revealed.

Worth Noting: With close to two decades under her belt, the actress first broke out in 1996’s indie Little Witches but we took notice with her turn in Thirteen Conversations About One Thing. She’s had several notable television gigs for the better part of the past decade.

Do We Care?: With no prior directing gigs (except this item below), we’re taking a wait and see approach on this secretive project.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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