STXfilms,Black Bear Pictures, and Anonymous Content today announced that Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy, Mudbound) has joined Neil Burger’s highly anticipated psychological thriller The Marsh King’s Daughter, with filming now underway in Canada. The film stars Daisy Ridley alongside Ben Mendelsohn, Brooklynn Prince, Gil Birmingham, and Caren Pistorius.
The forthcoming adaptation of Karen Dionne’s best-selling novel of the same name was written by Elle Smith & Mark L. Smith (The Revenant, Midnight Sky) and is produced by Black Bear Pictures’ Teddy Schwarzman (The Imitation Game, I Care a Lot), Keith Redmon (The Revenant, Midnight Sky), and Mark L. Smith. Executive Producers are Black Bear’s Michael Heimler, Syndicate Entertainment’s Cliff Roberts, and Charles Miller. Black Bear is fully financing the project.
The Marsh King’s Daughter follows Helena (Daisy Ridley), a woman living a seemingly ordinary life with her husband and young daughter but hiding a dark secret within: that her father is the infamous “Marsh King,” the man who kept Helena and her mother captive in the wilderness for years. Helena is forced to face her demons when her father unexpectedly escapes from prison. Knowing that he will hunt for her and her family, Helena must find the strength to confront her past and the man she once idolized.
Hedlund most recently appeared in Lee Daniels’ The United States vs. Billie Holiday, with previous credits including J.C. Chandor’s Triple Frontier opposite Ben Affleck and Dee Rees’ Academy Award® -nominated Mudbound. He will next star in The Ploughman opposite Robert Duvall and directed by Ed Harris and The Bride alongside Nathalie Emmanuel for Screen Gems. Hedlund is represented by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
STXfilms, a division of Eros STX Global Corporation, recently acquired the U.S. distribution rights for the highly anticipated film from Black Bear and Anonymous Content, and will directly distribute the film in the UK, Ireland, and India. The Marsh King’s Daughter falls under the output and distribution agreement between Black Bear Pictures and STXinternational.