Follow Us on Twitter

Kristin Scott Thomas to star in extortion thriller Paramour

Kristin Scott Thomas in The English Patient

Story by Jack Foley

ACADEMY Award nominee and BAFTA Award winner Kristin Scott Thomas (The English Patient, Darkest Hour, I’ve Loved You So Long) is set to star in Paramour.

Described as a thrilling story of seduction and extortion, the film comes from director Alexandra-Therese Keining (Girls Lost, Kiss Me) and is inspired by the true story of the BMW Heiress Susanne Klatten, both blessed and cursed by her family’s heritage and wealth.

Klatten is a powerful woman who chooses to lead a reclusive existence away from the limelight.

When the mysterious and seductive Helg Sgarbi enters her life, they embark upon a passionate, illicit affair – but once she is well and truly hooked, Helg reveals his sinister true intentions.

Written by Jordan Katz, the film is a US / German Co-Production set to shoot in Germany and Italy.

Protagonist CEO Mike Goodridge commented: “Paramour is a thrilling and provocative story about the dangers and responsibilities that one uber-wealthy woman is forced to confront.

“Inspired by the extraordinary true story of Susanne Klatten and Helg Sgarbi, Jordan Katz’s script intelligently captures the intriguing dilemmas facing these two highly flawed characters.

“The combination of exciting film-maker Alexandra-Therese Keining and the always compelling star Kristin Scott Thomas make for a heady cocktail which will appeal to adult audiences around the world.”

Currently in pre-production, the film is set to begin principal photography in autumn 2017.

Dame Kristin Scott Thomas is best known for her Academy Award nominated role opposite Ralph Fiennes in The English Patient (pictured). Throughout her career, she has appeared in an array of critically and commercially successful films including Gosford Park, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, The Other Boleyn Girl and Four Weddings and a Funeral, for which she won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a supporting role.

In 2015, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for services to drama.

Swedish born writer-director Alexandra-Therese Keining first rose to prominence when her film Kiss Me received the Breakthrough Award at the American Film Institute’s AFI Fest in 2011.

Her 2015 follow up, Girls Lost, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won multiple awards for its thoughtful, experiential take on gender identity including Best Film 2016 at the Copenhagen Film Festival and was nominated for Best Youth Film 2016 in Cannes.

She is next slated to direct the upcoming adaptation of popular YA novel Just Like Beauty, produced by Zentropa Entertainments.

Next story: Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal set to unite for Rio