‘If She Burns’: Alex Wolff To Direct And Star In Psychological Thriller With Victoria Pedretti, Asa Butterfield, Justice Smith

There’s a good chance you missed Alex Wolff’s directorial debut, 2019 coming-of-age film The Cat and the Moon, and only know him for acting roles in Hereditary, Oppenheimer, and more. Well, Wolff is hoping to change that, and is ready to embark on his sophomore effort behind the camera, If She Burns, with a cast ready to go.

THR reports Wolff will write, direct, and star in If She Burns, a film that will see him joined by Justice Smith, Asa Butterfield, and The Haunting of Hill House actress Victoria Pedretti. The story follows “a fiery young woman (Pedretti) who travels to Europe with her dysfunctional family after a traumatic incident. There she finds refuge and danger in a turbulent affair with her enigmatic neighbor (Wolff), which, along with increasing family tensions and mysterious wildfires, threaten to push her to breaking point.”

A professional musician, as well, Wolff will co-write the music with composer Karl McComas-Reichl. So this is more than just another project for Wolff and you can see that he’s investing a lot in the filmmaking side of his career.

“I’m exhilarated to embark on a journey with such remarkable, brave actors like Victoria, Asa and Justice,” said Wolff. “What we put on screen will be daring, ferocious, tender, and honest. I’m honored to be able to share it.”


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.