Get ready to meet a new breed of Frankenstein – and Frankenstein’s monster.
Zelda Williams, the actress, filmmaker and daughter of the late comedy legend Robin Williams, will make her directorial debut with Lisa Frankensteina zombie romcom set in 1989.
Focus Features announced the news on Wednesday, also revealing that Kathryn Newton (freaky) and Cole Sprouse (Riverdale) will star in the film. Diablo Cody (Juno† Jennifer’s body) wrote the script, which follows an unpopular high school student who accidentally resuscitates a handsome Victorian corpse during a thunderstorm. She then begins to rebuild him into the man of her dreams using the broken tanning bed in her garage.
Shooting should start this summer.
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Williams, 32, tweeted Wednesday“I know Hollywood is getting a bad rap for throwing up sequels and remakes and reboots over and over…and yes, it totally does! But it also finally lets me create the most insanely beautiful zombie script I’ve ever read, and for that I will be eternally grateful to you!”
She also noted that she had no intention of Lisa Frankenstein to be her first movie in the director’s chair. “I had three movies before that fell apart because movies often do,” she wrote† “It was disheartening to say the least. But the fact that this one survived and REMAINED to be my first? A damn gift.”
As for Williams’ leads, Newton is known for her work on TV series including: supernatural† big little liesand Stop and catch fireand movies including blockers and Pokémon: Detective Pikachu† She’s also about to make her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania† Sprouse was last seen on the big screen in moonshot and has the last season of Riverdale coming to the CW later this year.