Emmy-winner Elisabeth Moss (The Invisible Man, Us, “The Handmaid’s Tale”) will star alongside Academy Award-nominee Kate Hudson (Glass Onion, Almost Famous) and Kaia Gerber (Babylon, Bottoms) in the sexy, psychological thriller Shell, from director Max Minghella (Teen Spirit). The film is set in a near future when humanity’s cultural obsession with youth and beauty has been taken to new extremes. Black Bear International will be introducing the project to international buyers in Cannes and distributing directly in the UK and Ireland. CAA Media Finance and WME Independent are co-repping the domestic rights.
The film is being produced by Automatik’s Fred Berger (La La Land, The Autopsy of Jane Doe) and Brian Kavanaugh Jones (Insidious, Sinister), alongside Max Minghella for Blank Tape (Teen Spirit), Elisabeth Moss and Lindsey McManus for Love & Squalor Pictures (“Shining Girls”) and Alicia Van Couvering (Cop Car), from a script penned by Jack Stanley (Lou). Jamie Bell will Executive Produce.
In Shell, struggling actress Samantha (Elisabeth Moss) is given an opportunity to get a free trial at Shell, a pioneering health and beauty company which promises to keep its clients looking young forever. Samantha’s life and career is transformed by the treatment, and she develops a burgeoning friendship with Shell’s CEO, the ultra-glamorous Zoe Shannon (Kate Hudson). When a string of former Shell patients go missing under mysterious circumstances, including popular social media star Chloe Benson (Kaia Gerber), Samantha starts to fear she may be in danger herself.