In the Works: Cate Blanchett to Helm 'The Dinner' as Feature Directorial Debut

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by Beth Hanna
September 27, 2013 12:41 PM
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Cate Blanchett is preparing to make her feature-film directorial debut with "The Dinner," an adaptation of the psychological thriller novel by Herman Koch. Oren Moverman ("The Messenger") will pen.

The bestselling novel, which was first published in Amsterdam in 2009, looks at the grim lengths some parents will go to protect their children. This theme seems to be trending in films: See "Prisoners."

No word yet on whether Blanchett, who is viewed as one of the top contenders in the upcoming Best Actress Oscar race for her woman-on-the-verge performance in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," will also star in "The Dinner." Blanchett is no stranger to directing for the stage; for the past five years she's held the position of co-artistic director at the Sydney Theatre Company, where she directed "Blackbird" (and stars in David Mamet's upcoming film version), and "The Year of Magical Thinking."

Check out our TOH! video interview with Blanchett here.

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