‘Anya Taylor-Joy, who broke onto the scene with her lauded performance in A24’s The Witch, has been tapped as the title character in Weetzie Bat, the film adaption of Francesca Lia Block’s 80s cult favorite novel which Justin Kelly is directing. Love, Simon, star Nick Robinson, American Honey standout Sasha Lane, Theodore Pellerin (Boy Erased), and Keiynan Lonsdale (Love, Simon, The Flash) will also star in the pic, which is described as a neon-lit fairy tale. The ultimate manic pixie dream girl book, depending on the adaptation can be really 80’s queertastic or super dated (think Gaiman’s How to Talk to Girls). As a personal fan of the book and Lia Block – crossing my fingers!
Weetzie (Taylor-Joy), an ethereal pixie living in 1980s Los Angeles where she grew up the child of an alcoholic starlet mother and a junkie screenwriter father. She teams up with her mohawked best friend Dirk (Pellerin) to find love, leading to her mysterious trenchcoat-wearing filmmaker Max (Robinson) and Dirk’s platinum-haired surfer Duck (Lonsdale). But when their bliss is threatened by deaths, breakups, and Max’s witchy and bitter ex-girlfriend Vixanne (Lane), Weetzie must take off her pink Harlequin sunglasses in order to confront life’s darkness and find happiness in a city known as much for the glamour of fame and fortune as the darkness of cults and crime.
Thor Bradwell, Justin Kelly, and Joshua Thurston are the producers on Weetzie Bat.
Block, who also penned the screenplay for the film, has authored more than twenty-five books in the fiction, non-fiction, short stories and poetry categories. Repped by Intellectual Property Group, she has written scripts for Fox Searchlight and MTV and is currently developing other screenplays based on her work.
Taylor-Joy, recently seen in M.Night Shyalaman’s Split and Cory Finley’s Thoroughbreds, next stars in Fox’s X-Men: The New Mutants and the next film in Shyalaman’s Unbreakable series, Glass. She’s repped by CAA and Troika.
Robinson, who just wrapped on A24’s Native Son, is repped by UTA, Savage Agency, Management 360 and Felker Toczek, while Lane, soon to be seen in Desiree Akhavan’s coming of age Sundance film, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post and Neil Marshall’s upcoming Hellboy reboot, is repped by WME, Amy BonFleur of The Long Run and attorney André Des Rochers.
Kelly, repped by Thirty Three Mgmt and CAA, recently wrapped on the JT Leroybiopic starring Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, and Diane Kruger.’