Seriously, how can you not love Milla Jovovich? She’s beautiful, talented and dedicated to our genre. While she’s off shooting her fourth Resident Evil film, and Universal is pushing out her freaky doc-styled The Fourth Kind (in theaters November 6), she has now been tapped to topline a really, really effin’ cool sounding thriller entitled Faces in the Crowd. Read all about it inside, scroll to the bottom for a full synopsis and mood reel.
Milla Jovovich will star in writer-director Julien Magnat’s psychological thriller “Faces in the Crowd” for Forecast Pictures, Radar Films and Minds Eye Entertainment.
Scott Mednick (“Where the Wild Things Are”) is producing alongside Jean-Charles Levy, Clement Miserez and Kevin DeWalt.
Sylvain White, who directed “Stomp the Yard,” is also onboard to produce and mentor Magnat, who is making his English-language helming debut with the project, which he also penned.
The story centers on a woman who barely survives an attack by a serial killer and wakes up in hospital with a head injury that leaves her “face-blind.” No longer able to recognize faces, she must navigate a world in which facial features change each time she loses sight of them. All the while the killer is closing in, determined to eliminate the potential witness.
“Julien has written a breathtaking thriller that is truly original, and I was hooked from the first read,” Mednick said of the screenplay that deals with the real-life neurological disorder called prosopagnosia.
Lensing will begin in March. International sales will be handled at next week’s American Film Market by Voltage Pictures.
Jovovich, who toplined the “Resident Evil” franchise, is currently shooting the fourth installment. Her upcoming credits also include the Robert De Niro-Edward Norton starrer “Stone.”
A serial killer has been terrorizing the city. An innocent bystander witnesses his latest attack, but while fleeing, she falls from a bridge and is knocked unconscious. When she awakes in the hospital, she can’t recognize family, her boyfriend or even her own face in the mirror. She is diagnosed with prosopagnosia, or ‘face blindness’. This is a real neurological disorder, like dyslexia but with faces, caused by a lesion of the temporal lobe, the part of the brain that allows us in a heartbeat to compare someone’s face with all the faces stored in our memory. She is incapable of recognizing the same face twice. Every time she looks at someone, it’s like she’s never met them before. Being the only witness, she is hunted by the killer, leaving her paranoid in a sea of unfamiliar faces. Where can she turn? Who can she trust? Who is she waking up next to? Who is standing next to her? This suspense thriller takes us on a terrifying ride thru the blurry eyes of a woman searching for a monster amongst the faces in the crowd.