Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas, Internal Affairs) has signed on to direct Mother Tongue, a suspense thriller that actor-singer-producer Josie Ho (Contagion) is already on board to produce and star in.
Ho will play two characters. The first is an award-winning actress involved in a relationship with a younger woman while in search of her long lost daughter behind her partner’s back. She will also play the actress’s bitter sister.
Bruce Wagner (Maps To The Stars) has written the script, and Ho is producing the film alongside Conroy Chan, with whom she co-founded 852 Film. Ho’s recent projects include American drama Habit, the directorial debut of Janell Shirtcliff to be released this year, and period epic Rajah, where she plays the lover of British adventurer Sir James Brooke.
Ho and 852 Films are also working with American History X director Tony Kaye on musical documentary feature The Hong Kong Sound and two projects with Luc Besson.
Figgis has directed some hard-hitting work, and Wagner’s Maps To The Stars is similarly incendiary, so those two combined with Ho in a dual role could turn Mother Tongue into an under the radar thriller. We should see the film relatively soon, as Figgis is a recent hire and production is due to begin next week.
Filming is expected to last through April, with a tentative release date set for January 2022.