Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart will be appearing in an upcoming film about Lizzie Borden, The Hollywood Reporter says:
Kristen Stewart, Chloe Sevigny to Star in Lizzie Borden Movie (Exclusive)
Pieter Van Hees will direct the story about the infamous axe murders of the Borden family.
Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart will help tell the tale of Lizzie Borden.
Pieter Van Hees, who helmed the 2014 film Waste Land, will direct the new untitled psychological thriller about the grisly murders of the Borden family. Bryce Kass will write the script.
Sevigny will play Borden, the strange and fragile woman who was infamously tried and acquitted for murdering her father and stepmother with an ax in 1892. The film will explore the events that led up to that night.
Stewart, who is in early negotiations, will play the Bordens’ live-in maid, Bridget Sullivan. Sullivan was a witness to the family tension, and may have been in the home when the murders were committed. She testified at the trial.
The crime was salacious and notorious for the age, inspiring children’s rhymes such as: “Lizzie Borden took an ax/and gave her mother 40 whacks/when the job was finally done/gave her father 41.” It also spawned many theories about who committed the murders and why; one theory insinuates that Borden and Sullivan were lovers.
As some of you may remember, a couple of years ago Chloë tried to get a Lizzie Borden miniseries/series concept off the ground with HBO, but it was put on the backburner shortly after the announcement.