Saban Films and Roadside Attractions will release Craig William Macneill’s Lizzie, starring Academy Award Nominee Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry) as the renowned accused murderess Lizzie Borden and Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga), in theaters on September 14, 2018.
Tomorrow marks the 126th year anniversary of the infamous 1892 axe murder of the Borden family in Fall River, Massachusetts. With that, comes the film’s official trailer.
Fred Topel reviewed the racy period drama, explaining that this take on the Lizzie Borden murders “posits a sympathetic motive to Borden’s axe murders.”
Written by Bryce Kass and based on the unsolved, much-speculated-about murders of the Borden parents:
“Lizzie explores the inner workings of the Borden household leading up to the murders and their immediate aftermath and reveals many layers of the strange, fragile woman who stood accused of the brutal crime. As an unmarried woman of 32, Lizzie (Sevigny) is a social outcast trapped under her father’s austere and domineering control. When Bridget Sullivan (Stewart), a young maid desperate for work, comes to live with the family, Lizzie finds a sympathetic, kindred spirit, and a chance intimacy that blossoms into a wicked plan, and a dark, unsettling end.”
The film is rounded out by a star-studded cast including Kim Dickens (Gone Girl, “Fear the Walking Dead”), Denis O’Hare (Dallas Buyers Club, “American Horror Story”), Jeff Perry (“Scandal”), Fiona Shaw (Harry Potter), and Jamey Sheridan (Spotlight, “Homeland”).