'Game of Thrones' Star Lena Headey to Lead 'Jacqueline Ess' Horror
In between seasons of "Game of Thrones," actress Lena Headey previously found time to star in the first installment of the new horror franchise The Purge. Now she's heading back to the same genre with Jacqueline Ess, an adaptation of Clive Barker's short story from the author's anthology Books of Blood, which previously inspired the films Lord of Illusions and Candyman. Headey will take the title role in the story about a housewife who attempts to commit suicide after becoming bored with her life. But when she recovers from a failed attempt, she discovers an ability to transform people's bodies simply with her mind.
Barker is also executive producing the film and told Variety, "Lena Headey is a marvelous performer with an incredible presence. As far as I’m concerned, there is no better choice of actress for the role of Jacqueline. Her beauty and authority will carry the day.” Jovanka Vuckovic will make her feature directorial debut with the film from a script she co-wrote with Christian Francis, and Headey will also act as producer. It might seem risky to give a story from horror author Clive Barker to an untested feature filmmaker, but she does have the short film The Captured Bird, which was executive produced by Guillermo del Toro, under her belt, so that inspires some confidence. At least Barker's fans will be interested. Are you?