Cate Blanchett To Make Directorial Debut With ‘The Dinner’

Cate Blanchett is set to follow up her almost-certain Oscar nomination for her role in Woody Allen‘s film Blue Jasmine with her first turn at feature film directing, as she has signed on to helm The Dinner, a film adaptation of Dutch writer Herman Koch‘s novel of the same name. reports The Dinner is a psychological thriller which explores just how far some parents might go to protect their children”, and has been compared to Australian novel (and subsequent ABC TV series) The Slap.

The novel has been adapted once into a Dutch language feature film, but screenwriter Oren Moverman assured Inside Film that his film is “not a remake but a ‘brand new American adaptation’.”

Our Cate has directed for theatre, spending five years as co-director of the Sydney Theatre Company before stepping down in 2012. The Dinner will be her first turn behind the camera, having appeared in a multitude of major films, including The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, Babel, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Notes On A Scandal.

Via Deadline Hollywood. Photo by Marty Melville for AFP via Getty Images

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