Alicia Vikander and Riley Keough are finalising deals to star in The Earthquake Bird for Netflix. The streaming giant has teamed with Ridley Scott‘s Scott Free productions for the adaptation of the Susanna Jones novel, which will be written and directed by Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice).
The novel is set in Tokyo and is described as a female-driven noir thriller. It tells the story of a young female expat who is suspected of murder when her best friend suddenly goes missing in the wake of a tumultuous love triangle with a local photographer.
The project originally began at Amazon Studios before Netflix took over. The novel has won several awards since being published in 2001, including the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the Crime Writers’ Association New Blood Dagger Award for newly published authors.
Westmoreland seems a good choice to adapt the book, as he spent a year studying in Japan around the time the book is set. Vikander and Keough should be a compelling duo, and hopefully the film lives up to the acclaim of the novel. Netflix has set a May production start date in Tokyo.