By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 12, 2011 at 2:38AM
Mia Wasikowska Also Confirmed
Earlier this year, a screenplay by Ted Foulke (Wentworth Miller’s sobriquet) called "Stoker" made the rounds and started gaining buzz. It became a hot property and Scott Free Productions quickly snatched up the film that’s now set up at Fox Searchlight. "Oldboy" helmer Park Chan-Wook became attached to direct and early casting rumors had Carey Mulligan, Mia Wasikowska and Jodie Foster in talks for roles, but it looks like the film is getting two massive heavyweights on board as well.
The LA Times reports that Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth are negotiating to join the film, and moreover, Wasikowska is confirmed to star.
“Stoker” is described as a fantastical, fairy-tale like family drama that follows the story of an eccentric teen, India (Wasikowska), whose enigmatic and estranged uncle returns to the family after the death of the girl’s father. People, however, start to go missing in her hometown at the same time and she soon discovers that her uncle may be the cause. Kidman would play India's mother, and Firth would take on the part of the uncle. The plan is for the film to shoot this spring; Firth is still committed to "Gambit" but it will likely shoot after.
There is franchise potential in the film as Foulke has already penned a sequel titled "Uncle Charlie," but we're still recovering from the trifecta of Kidman, Firth and Wasikowska powering this film. Confidential to Wasikowska: We love that you're continuing to avoid the allure of schlocky big budget pics for smart, challenging fare. Great job.