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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 27, 2013 at 12:41PM

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.
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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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.