Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to White Bird In A Blizzard, from writer/director Gregg Araki, based on the novel by Laura Kasischke. Shailene Woodley stars as a college-bound teenager who is just discovering her sexuality when her mother disappears. As time passes, Woodley’s character comes to grips with how deeply her mother’s disappearance has affected her. She eventually finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother’s departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it. Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett also star. Magnolia is eyeing a release for later this year. Pic was produced by Pascal Caucheteux, Sebastien K. Lemercier, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Pavlina Hatoupis and Gregg Araki. Film is a co-production of Why Not Productions, Desperate Pictures, Orange Studio and Wild Bunch.
Claire Forlani is joining writer-director Isabel Coixet’s Panda Eyes. Project is described as a paranormal thriller about a young girl (Sophie Turner from Game Of Thrones) haunted by her past. Forlani will play the mother of Turner’s character. The movie also stars Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Rhys Ifans and Gregg Sulkin. Production is taking place in Wales for Fox International Film. Forlani is repped by Paradigm, Principal Entertainment and London’s Independent Talent.