Liv Tyler Set to Star in Ti West's New Sci-Fi Thriller 'The Side Effect'
Not to be confused with Steven Soderbergh's forthcoming film The Side Effects, horror filmmaker Ti West is venturing into science fiction for his next feature titled The Side Effect. We'll have a report on his found footage horror anthology V/H/S (part of our Top 10 films to watch at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival) sometime soon, but in the meantime we have word that Liv Tyler (The Fellowship of the Ring, Super) will lead the sci-fi thriller as Catherine Rigby, a woman who spends several months alone in space as an experimental subject for a global pharmaceutical company, and somehow becomes inexplicably pregnant.
As Rigby is in isolation in space, paranoia and hysteria reign as the truth behind conception grows more elusive and she remains stranded in space. This won't be Tyler's first go round with darker material after starring in James Gunn's twisted comedy Super and the surprisingly fantastic horror flick The Strangers. Funnily enough, we'll also see Tyler at Sundance in Robot and Frank, another one of our Top 10 films to watch at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival). On her casting the actress told Deadline, "a super-talented exciting young filmmaker. The role of Rigby is a fantastic character within a great thriller and I am looking forward to sinking my teeth into the part.”
On his new film West says, "Although it is still somewhat of a horror film, it is much more psychological than any of my previous efforts. It was essential that I find an actress who could portray a wide range of emotion and always earn the audience’s sympathy no matter what the situation. As soon as I sat down with Liv, it was obvious she was the one.” I haven't yet seen The Innkeepers, but West's The House of the Devil is truly a hidden gem in horror and you should seek it out.