Award-winning actress, Allison Janney has been cast in J.J. Abrams and Bad Robot thriller ‘Lou’ which will be made independently from Paramount Pictures.

The story follows a young woman and her landlord, Lou, who team up to track down the former’s child after the girl is kidnapped by the woman’s estranged husband. The story has been described as being a tonal mix of ‘Thelma and Louise’ and ‘Taken’.

Janney will play the landlord, a hard-shelled and rule-breaking woman that has unexpectedly impressive tracking abilities, among other skill sets.

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Outlander and Jessica Jones’s Anna Foerster will take the helm on a script by Maggie Cohn with revision by Jack Stanley. Abrams and Braden Aftergood (‘Hell or High Water’) are producing. At the moment, Janney is the only star attached but expect further casting news in the coming weeks.

Paramount did originally have the option to make the film but Bad Robot are now solely financing and making the movie which is set to start production in the Spring of 2019.

For years, Janney has consistently put in phenomenal performances in all her roles, but thanks to the Margot Robbie lead ITonya, Janney won an Oscar – amongst many other awards – for her portrayal of disgraced ice-skater, Tonya Harding’s mother. Janney’s schedule doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. She has recently wrapped on the Hugh Jackman lead ‘Bad Education’. She also has the untitled Roger Ailes biopic coming up as well as being attached to ‘Breaking News in Yuba County’.