Alice in Wonderland‘s Mia Wasikowska is negotiating to star in Stoker, the Fox Searchlight thriller that will be directed by Oldboy and Thirst director Chan-wook Park. The script was written by Wentworth Miller, the “Prison Break” star who wrote under the pseudonym Ted Foulke. Ridley and Tony Scott will produce with Michael Costigan under the Scott Free banner.
Carey Mulligan had been attached when the script sold, but it be Wasikowska in the lead role when shooting begins this spring. She’ll play an eccentric teen whose enigmatic and estranged uncle returns to the family after the death of the girl’s father. Strange things begin to happen. Jodie Foster had been attached along with Mulligan, but she’s not doing the film, Deadline adds. When he sold Stoker, Miller had also written Uncle Charlie, a prequel that explores another chapter in the history of a family with a knack for burying secrets as well as bodies.
This could easily be the best news of the year, sans the reveal of J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. The LA Times is reporting that South Korean director Park Chan-wook – the genius behind Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance and Thirst – could make his English-language directorial debut on Stoker, a drama about a young woman whose eccentric uncle comes back into her life after the death of her father. Stoker>, you may recall, is the first film from “Prison Break” star Wentworth Miller, who penned the script in his other life as a screenwriter, and is being produced by Ridley and Tony Scott’s company, as well as Carey Mulligan is playing the young woman, and Jodie Foster is co-starring in the movie.
In a world ravaged by a virus infection, turning its victims into the Undead, ALICE (Milla Jovovich), continues on her journey to find survivors and lead them to safety. Her deadly battle with the Umbrella Corporation reaches new heights, but Alice gets some unexpected help from an old friend. A new lead that promises a safe haven from the Undead leads them to Los Angeles, but when they arrive the city is overrun by thousands of Undead and Alice and her comrades are about to step into a deadly trap.