‘Switzerland’: Helen Mirren To Play ‘Talented Mr. Ripley’ Author Patricia Highsmith In Anton Corbijn’s Latest Film

After we see Helen Mirren as an evil goddess in Shazam: Fury of the Gods, she’ll star as one of our most celebrated authors in a thriller that mirrors the writer’s work. Deadline reports Mirren will play Patricia Highsmith in the film Switzerland, by director Anton Corbijn.

The film will star Mirren as Highsmith, known for her Talented Mr. Ripley novels, some of which have been adapted for the big screen. Here’s how the plot is described:

Highsmith’s late life solitude in the Swiss Alps is interrupted by Edward, a young literary agent who is sent by the writer’s relentless publishing company to convince her to pen one last novel in her wildly popular Ripley series (which includes the classic The Talented Mr Ripley). Highsmith uses her famously macabre imagination to scare Edward away, but before they know it a collaboration ensues, leaving the world they’ve constructed indistinguishable from their own.

Corbijn is a music video director and photographer who broke out with the 2007 Joy Division biopic Control. He also directed George Clooney in The American, and Philip Seymour Hoffman in A Most Wanted Man. He last directed 2015’s Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan, a film I literally forgot existed until this sentence.

Travis Hopson
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