Bella Thorne has signed on to star in Saint Clare, a new thriller co-written by American Psycho screenwriter Guinevere Turner. The film is based on Don Ruff‘s novel Clare at 16. Mitzi Peirone will direct.
The film will revolve around Clare Bleecker, a devoted vegan and Catholic college student who has a religious calling towards homicide. The murderous side of her takes over at the most inopportune of times, and while she tries to keep her inner beast at bay, it’s hard when there are so many creeps around who help to unleash it.
Rebecca DeMornay is currently in negotiations for a supporting role, while other characters are also being cast. Filming will take place in Kentucky.
Playing a murderer shouldn’t be a problem for Thorne, as she played a similarly dark role in The Babysitter films for Netflix. She’s also got recent experience in thrillers, having starred in 2020’s Girl and 2021’s Masquerade. Last year’s Habit also had her character disguise herself as a nun while on the run from drug lords in LA, so maybe she can draw from that too.
Cassian Elwes, Arielle Elwes, David Chackler, Thor Bradwell, and Joel Michaely will produce the film. Screen Media will distribute the film in the United States. They said in a statement:
“With such a talented pedigree, we’re thrilled to be continuing our relationship with Cassian Elwes and his Elevated Films banner and working with Bella Thorne again on this powerful project that will captivate audiences.”
Arielle Elwes added: “we’re thrilled to be working with the incredible Bella Thorne; she is so perfect for the role. Mitzi is the real thing, and I can’t wait to see what she cooks up for what will be a great franchise.”
Ruff already has a sequel novel due out in 2023, so Elwes’ use of the word ‘franchise’ is deliberate. Screen Media, Elevated Films, and the various producers will be hoping this is the beginning of a series of movies revolving around Clare.