After winning the Oscar for best original screenplay for 2008′s ‘Milk,’ the story of openly gay San Francisco politician, Harvey Milk, Dustin Lance Black will make his directorial debut.
Variety reported Saturday that, “Liam Neeson and Jennifer Connelly will star in “What’s Wrong With Virginia[.]”
Black wrote the script, and “Milk” helmer Gus Van Sant will be executive producer. The film shoots in Michigan in late summer.
Tick Tock Studios is financing the film and founders Hopwood DePree and Scott Brooks will produce with Killer Films’ Christine Vachon and Eric Watson. Roar’s Jay Froberg and Greg Suess will be executive producers, and Film Bridge Intl.’s Ellen Wander is handling international distribution. CAA, which packaged the picture, will broker the domestic distribution deal.
Connelly will play the charming but psychologically disturbed mother of a 16-year-old son. Her 20-year clandestine love with a sheriff (Neeson), who is running for the state senate, is tested when her son begins a relationship with his daughter.
Neeson is coming off the action hit “Taken,” while Connelly was most recently seen in “He’s Just Not That Into You.” She most recently completed the animated feature “9″ and teamed with husband Paul Bettany in “Creation.”
Black and Van Sant are separately developing “Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test,” based on the Tom Wolfe classic book about ’60s icon Ken Kesey and his hallucinogenic misadventures.”