Elisabeth Moss has signed on to star in Shell, a psychological thriller that will reunite her with her Handmaid’s Tale co-star Max Minghella, who is directing. Kate Hudson and model Kaia Gerber have also joined the cast.
The film is set in a near future when humanity’s cultural obsession with youth and beauty has been taken to new extremes. Struggling actress Samantha is given an opportunity to get a free trial at Shell, a pioneering health and beauty company which promises to keep its clients looking young forever.
Her life and career is transformed by the treatment, and she develops a burgeoning friendship with Shell’s CEO, the ultra-glamorous Zoe Shannon. But when a string of former Shell patients go missing under mysterious circumstances, including popular social media star Chloe Benson, Samantha starts to fear she may be in danger herself.
Moss said in a statement: “This is one of the most unique, entertaining and special scripts I’ve ever read and I am so honored to be a part of it as an actor and flattered that Max came to me with this character, who’s unlike anyone I’ve ever played before.”
Minghella added: “Shell packs a wildly entertaining genre movie with iconic characters and universal themes that are bound to have people talking long after they leave the theater.”
Jack Stanley has written the script. The film is being produced by Automatik’s Fred Berger (La La Land) and Brian Kavanaugh Jones (Insidious). Black Bear International will be introducing the project to international buyers in Cannes and distributing directly in the UK and Ireland.
Moss continues to star in The Handmaid’s Tale, and was also recently the lead in Apple’s miniseries adaptation of Lauren Beukes‘ Shining Girls. She’ll next be seen in Taika Waititi‘s Next Goal Wins.
Minghella was last seen in front of the camera in Damien Chazelle‘s Babylon. This will be his sophomore directing effort after previously helming 2018 Elle Fanning musical drama Teen Spirit.