Fresh from her eye-catching role opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in indie zombie flickMaggie, not to mention a recurring role in Foxâ€™s Scream Queens, Deadline reports that Abigail Breslin is poised to topline Freak Show as a sort of Queen Bee cheerleader.
Breslin joinsÂ Alex Lawther for the feature film, which is to be adapted from James St. Jamesâ€™ high-school novel of the same name. Acting as Trudie Stylerâ€™s directorial debut,Freak Show charts the story ofÂ Billy Bloom (Lawther), a city kid who faces the timeless struggle of trying to fit in with his new classmates upon moving to a new town with his father. What makes his plight all the more difficult, however, is the fact that the boldly overconfident Billy often turns in for classes dressed as a drag queen, soon setting his sights on the coveted title of Homecoming Queen.
Such a statement of intent ruffles a few feathers at Billyâ€™s school, not least Breslinâ€™s newcomer. Sheâ€™s joined Stylerâ€™s cinematic adaptation as the schoolâ€™s lead cheerleader, while Bette Midler, AnnaSophia Robb, Ian Nelson and Lorraine Toussaint round out the remainder of the cast list thus far.
Having carved out a name for herself during her time as a producer â€“Â Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels, Moon, Still Alice are just some of the projects â€“ Styler is primed to make her first foray behind the camera for Freak Show. Deadline didnâ€™t disclose an official production start date, though we understand that the drama will be produced byÂ Celine Rattray along with Drew Barrymore, Chris Milly and Ember TruesdellÂ of Flower Films.