Lena Headey To Make Directorial Debut With Thriller ‘Violet’

Five-time Emmy nominee Lena Headey is making the jump to the other side of the camera. The Game Of Thrones star is set to make her feature length directorial debut with Violet, an upcoming thriller based on SJI Holliday‘s bestselling novel.

The story focuses on Carrie, whose best friend has an accident and can no longer make the round-the-world trip they’d planned together, so Carrie decides to go alone. Another woman, Violet, is also traveling alone after splitting up with her boyfriend in Thailand. When the two women meet in a Beijing Hotel, Carrie makes the impulsive decision to invite Violet to take her friend’s place.

The women soon form a bond, but as the journey continues through various countries, things start to unravel when it’s revealed one of these women is not who she claims to be. The movie is being described as a mix between Killing Eve, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Single White Female.

Headey said of the project: “Violet is a compulsive page turner that stayed with me long after I finished the book – it’s exciting that my first feature as a director will be such an intense female thriller. It’s a wild ride to the finish with vast cinematic scope, centering around two very complex women who will completely unravel over the course of the film. I can’t wait to get rolling.”

Although this will be Headey’s feature directorial debut, she does have experience behind the camera, previously helming the BAFTA-nominated short film The Trap, which starred her Game Of Thrones co-star Michelle Fairley, and also directing music videos for Freya Ridings and Madeon.

There aren’t any further details on Violet just yet, but its synopsis sounds like a textbook plot for a suspense thriller. Hopefully the mystery of which woman is hiding something can draw audiences in and Headey’s feature directing career can get off to a good start.

On screen, she will next be seen in HBO’s upcoming political drama The White House Plumbers alongside Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux, Domhnall Gleeson, and Kiernan Shipka.


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