Writer-director Margaret Betts will make her narrative-feature debut with “Novitiate,” a coming-of-age drama that takes place in a convent during the early ’60s.
Starring Margaret Qualley with Melissa Leo and Dianna Agron in supporting roles, “Novitiate” will center on a young woman who is beset with doubts about her faith as she begins her training to become a nun.
The nearly-all-female cast also includes Julianne Nicholson, Stacy Martin, Rebecca Dayan, Morgan Saylor and Maddie Hasson.
“‘Novitiate’ is the female answer to male-bonding films like ‘Platoon’ or ‘The Hurt Locker'” commented producer Jen Gatien. “More significantly, it stands as an extraordinary opportunity to challenge the prevalent norms in Hollywood by not only featuring an entirely female-leading cast, but also a female writer/director, producer and DP [in Kat Westergaard].”
Betts previously helmed the documentary “The Carrier” and the short “Engram.”
The film will begin shooting in Nashville in January 2016.