Rachel Weisz is to team up with ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy’ filmmaker Tomas Alfredson on an adaptation of the 1961 novel ‘Séance on a Wet Afternoon.’
Alfredson replaces Harry Bradbeer at the helm of the suspense feature which is based on Mark McShane’s acclaimed 1961 novel. It tells the story of a self-proclaimed psychic medium who convinces her husband to kidnap a child so she can help the police solve the crime and achieve renown for her abilities. When her true intentions come to light, however, her husband realizes the plan threatens to consume them both.
BAFTA and Tony-winner Jack Thorne wrote the draft, from a story by himself and Bradbeer. Bradbeer remains on board as an executive producer. Robyn Slovo will also produce, alongside Legendary, Emma Forbes, and Michael Attenborough. Weisz’s producing partner Polly Stokes will executive produce via Weisz’s Appetite Pictures. Thorne is also an executive producer.
The novel had previously been adapted for the big screen back in 1964 and starred Richard Attenborough and Kim Stanley.
Weisz was last seen alongside Scarlett Johansson in Marvel’s ‘Black Widow’ and can currently be seen in the limited series adaptation of ‘Dead Ringers’, a gender-swapped reimagining of the 1988 David Cronenberg film.