American actor, director, and producer Alicia Christian “Jodie” Foster (Silence of the Lambs, Panic Room) will direct and star in an upcoming remake of the film Woman at War. The original film is an Icelandic comedy-drama thriller written and directed by Benedikt Erlingsson with Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir in the lead role.
The film, titled Kona fer í stríð in Icelandic, follows a middle aged choir teacher named Halla who often disrupts the activity of a aluminum plant in the Icelandic highlands. At the same time that Halla finds out that her application for adoption of a Ukrainian child has been approved yet it comes at the same time that there is heightened police activity to catch her rebellious and illegal actions. It was shown at this years Cannes Film Festival and has been selected as the Icelandic entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.
Foster has said to be inspired by the original film, and she will be re-imagining the setting to America yet deal with many of the same themes as Erlingsson’s original. Foster will also star as the lead role with it being her fifth time at the director’s chair. Slot Machine will produce while the film is a joint venture between Slot and Foster’s own production company Egg Pictures.