Currently reeling from the success of her teen-targeted sci-fi flick “Divergent,” Golden Globe-nominated actress Shailene Woodley can now take pleasure in the fact that Gregg Araki’s “White Bird in a Blizzard,” the indie film in which she starred and that recently premiere at Sundance, has now just been acquired by Magnolia Pictures for all North American rights.
“White Bird in a Blizzard” features Woodley as Kat Connor, an emotionally and sexually repressed teenager in 1988 whose mother mysteriously disappears just as Kat heads for college. The cast includes a slew of notable talent as Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, Angela Bassett and Eva Green as Woodley’s troubled mother.
“We are longtime admirers of the singular Gregg Araki, who brings his unique vision to this funny, sexy and haunting film,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Shailene Woodley truly shines with a bold and fearless performance that showcases the depth of her talent.” The film is a Why Not Productions/Desperate Pictures/Orange Studio/Wild Bunch co-production. Magnolia aims to release the movie later this year.