When you’re famous you can do anything you want, we’ll tolerate it. Sometimes, it turns out that said famous person is actually rather talented, and isn’t just trying to boost their own creative ego at all. Annie Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent, is one of those talented people. Clark made her film directorial debut last year with XX, and is now set to direct the female-led adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray.
The Picture of Dorian Gray, the Victorian tale of a corrupt young man wishing to contain his youth, gets a significant twist by re-gendering the lead. One must question whether the title itself will get a change. The move comes after more and more criticism of a lack of female leads in cinema. There has, of course, been a significant increase in meaty female roles, but that hasn’t stopped the likes of Michelle Rodriguez speaking out in disdain.
Clark’s film will uses a script from David Birke (Elle, 13 Sins). With a heavy horror background, it’ll be interesting to see how dark Wilde’s only novel becomes in Birke’s latest adaptation.