Kate Beckinsale has signed on to star in Catherine Hardwicke‘s family drama Prisoner’s Daughter.
Mark Bacci has penned the script, which tells the story of a tough ex-con who’s struggling to find a way to reconnect with his only daughter and grandson. Once he begins an attempt at reconciliation, his violent past catches up to him.
“Mark Bacci‘s script is a raw, personal look at a deeply fractured family, similar to my first film Thirteen (with Evan Rachel Wood and Holly Hunter)”, said Hardwicke.
“With Prisoner’s Daughter, I want to fully immerse the viewer in Kate’s character’s intense world as she, her father and her young son try to heal generational family trauma and find a new way forward”.
Oakhurst’s Jai Khanna and Marina Grasic will finance and produce the project alongside Sam Okun and his Sam Okun Productions banner. Robert E. Morgan of Talaria Media will executive produce. Guy Moshe and Lachlan Towle are also co-producing.
As Hardwicke mentioned, this seems to have some similarities to her 2003 directorial debut Thirteen, which was very well received despite a small budget and a script co-written by then 14-year-old co-star Nikki Reed.
Hardwicke has since gone on to direct films such as Twilight, Miss You Already, and her most recent film, action thriller Miss Bala, a remake of the Mexican film of the same name.
Beckinsale’s latest starring role was on 2019 British drama The Widow. On the silver screen, she’s recently been seen in films such as The Only Living Boy In New York and Farming.
She’ll next be seen starring in action film Jolt, which Amazon will release in July. She’s also on board to co-star in Charlie Day‘s comedy, El Tonto, currently in post-production.