Jodie Foster has taken on the task of directing the English language remake of Icelandic thriller ‘Woman at War’.

Foster will also produce and take the role of Halla (played in the original film by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), a genial middle-aged music teacher hiding a secret life as an outlaw environmental activist with a grudge against the local aluminum industry that is despoiling the pristine Highlands of Iceland. Halla is escalating her one-woman campaign of sabotage when an unexpected letter arrives with news: her adoption application has been approved and a baby girl is awaiting her in the Ukraine.

The remake is set to move its location from Iceland to the American West. On the original film Foster stated;

This movie thrilled me beyond words, “I am so excited to helm a new American imagining of this relevant, beautiful, inspiring story. The character of Halla is a warrior for the planet, a strong woman who risks it all to do the right thing. But not without some serious mishaps along the way.”

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I can’t wait to play her,” Foster said. “I’m always drawn to a bold and quirky mixture of humour and emotion. This one speaks for our time. It is an honour to take the reins from the talented director Benedikt Erlingsson and his producing partner Marianne Slot.

The original Icelandic thriller directed by Benedikt Erlingsson has been officially submitted for the Foreign Language competition at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.

Woman at War will be Foster’s fifth film in the director’s chair with her last being 2016’s Money Monster with Julia Roberts and George Clooney.