So many excellent twists to this story: St Vincent is going to direct a film adaptation of The Picture Of Dorian Gray and it’s going to have a female lead. If that one sentence doesn’t intrigue you than nothing will.
Musician St Vincent, also known as Annie Clark, has teamed up with Lionsgate to bring Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel to life. St Vincent made her directorial debut earlier this year with the ‘The Birthday Cake’ segment of the female written an directed horror anthology XX.
As well as having a director attached, Lionsgate has also hired David Birke (Elle, the upcoming Slender Man) to write the script.
The Picture Of Dorian Gray has been adapted for film a number of times, with the most recent being Oliver Parker’s Dorian Gray starring Ben Barnes, Colin Firth and Rebecca Hall in 2009. The character has since appeared in Penny Dreadful, where he was played by Reeve Carney.
For those unfamiliar, Wilde’s tale tells the story of a Victorian hedonistic man named Dorian Gray who seemingly never ages, while a portrait of himself withers away instead. St Vincent’s version will presumably follow the same story, but depict Dorian Gray as a woman instead of a man.
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