Few actresses in today's generation of leading ladies are as well-regarded as Cate Blanchett. The actress has been heralded as one of the best performers working today, having earned four Oscar nominations as well as a Best Supporting Actress trophy for The Aviator.
Blanchett is currently starring in Woody Allen's much-buzzed-about new film, Blue Jasmine. Later this year, she's also set to appear in The Monuments Men and is expected to return to Middle-Earth as Galadriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. However, after spending decades in front of the camera, Blanchett now appears to be taking the next step in her career.
According to Deadline, Blanchett is set to make her feature directorial debut with the film adaptation of Herman Koch's novel The Dinner. The psychological thriller follows two couples whose teenage sons are connected by a police investigation and (as its title suggests) takes place over the course of a single meal. Oren Moverman – who also wrote the Blanchett-starring I'm Not There – will handle script duties for the film, but at this early stage, there's no indication if Blanchett plans to star in the film or simply direct it.
The concept of The Dinner – with its focus on a single night of discussion between two sets of parents dealing with the actions of their children – sounds eerily similar to the 2011 comedy/drama Carnage. The earlier film was itself based on a play, and assuming The Dinner bears some similarity to that stripped-down aesthetic (albeit with a darker tone), the selection of Blanchett as director is a particularly fitting one. For the last five years, she served as co-artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company, directing productions of plays like Blackbird and The Year of Magical Thinking in the process.
Blanchett certainly has the directorial chops to fashion The Dinner into a compelling thriller for moviegoers, regardless of whether or not she chooses to assign herself a role in the film. Furthermore, the taut material the film will cover sounds like it will nicely on Blanchett's filmography, and perhaps The Dinner will establish her as one of the rare performers who is as gifted behind the camera as they are in front of it.
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Stay tuned to Screen Rant for details on The Dinner as this story develops.