Academy Award nominees Annette Bening (“The Kids Are All Right,” “American Beauty”) and Michelle Pfeiffer (“Murder on the Orient Express”) have signed on to star in director Gideon Raff’s (“Homeland”, “Tyrant”, “Dig”, and the upcoming “The Red Sea Diving Resort” and “The Spy” thriller “Turn of Mind.” Adapted by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (“I Am My Own Wife,” “Quills”) and based on Alice LaPlante’s New York Times bestseller of the same name, the film will be produced by Gail Berman through The Jackal Group, Well Told Entertainment’s Rory Koslow, and Gideon Raff. Rocket Science will finance the film and launch international sales at the Cannes Festival next week. CAA Media Finance represents the U.S. domestic rights.
The psychological thriller is centered around a retired orthopedic doctor suffering from Alzheimer’s who is trying to figure out, in her few moments of clarity, if she killed the person the police claims she had, or if she’s being deceived.
“Turn of Mind” is an edge-of-your seat emotional thriller. A story of a warped friendship between two brilliant, sharp, forceful women who are bonded equally by their love for, and jealousy of, one other,” said Raff (wires). “I am thrilled to have two legends filling these roles. What struck me most when reading LaPlante’s novel was how she rarely breaks from Jennifer’s (Bening) point of view. So, with her, we go through the visceral experience of a woman who relied her whole life on her gifted mind, only to find herself losing it when she needs it most.”
Bening recently starred in Disney’s “Captain Marvel” starring Brie Larson and Scott Z. Burns. Her most popular turns have included, “20th Century Women,” “Running with Scissors” and “Bugsy.” Bening received Academy Award® nominations for her roles in The Kids Are All Right, Being Julia, American Beauty, and The Grifters.
Pfeiffer most recently starred in such films as Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, Twentieth Century Fox’s Murder on the Orient Express and Paramount Pictures’ Mother!. She will next be seen opposite Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning in Disney’s Maleficent: Mistress of Evil and was recently announced to star in French Exit alongside Lucas Hedges and Tracy Letts, which Rocket Science is selling. She received Academy Award® nominations for her roles in The Fabulous Baker Boys, Love Field and Dangerous Liaisons.
Emmy-award winning writer and director Gideon Raff is the creator of the Israeli series “Prisoners of War” (“Hatufim”), the highest-rated drama series in Israel which also won nine Israeli Emmy Awards, including Best Directing for Raff and Best Drama Series. The American adaptation, “Homeland” starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin is going into its eighth season, and Raff has received two Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, a WGA Award, an Edgar Allen Poe Award and a Peabody Award. Following this, he created the FX drama series “Tyrant,” and co-created, wrote and directed “Dig,” an event series starring Jason Isaacs and Anne Heche for USA. Additionally, Raff wrote and directed the feature film, “The Red Sea Diving Resort” starring Chris Evans, Sir Ben Kingsley, Greg Kinnear and Michael K Williams for an August release by Netflix. Currently, Raff has finished shooting “The Spy,” his six episode-miniseries based on the life of Eli Cohen, starring Sacha Baron Cohen, which will debut in the fall on Netflix. Raff wrote and directed all six episodes.
Rocket Science’s Cannes slate includes Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” starring Eddie Redmayne, Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sacha Baron Cohen and Jonathan Majors, Gary Shore’s “Queen Mary” and Jonathan Jakubowicz’s “Resistance” starring Jesse Eisenberg, among others.