Lizzie (2018 film)
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|Directed by||Craig William Macneill|
|Written by||Bryce Kass|
|Music by||Jeff Russo|
|Edited by||Abbi Jutkowitz|
Lizzie is a 2018 American biographical thriller film directed by Craig William Macneill and written by Bryce Kass. The film is based on the true story of Lizzie Borden, who was accused and acquitted of the ax-murders of her father and stepmother in Fall River, Massachusetts, in 1892. The film stars Chloë Sevigny, Kristen Stewart, Jay Huguley, Jamey Sheridan, Fiona Shaw, Kim Dickens, Denis O'Hare, and Jeff Perry.
As an unmarried woman of 32, Lizzie (Sevigny) is a social outcast trapped under her austere, domineering father’s control. When Bridget Sullivan (Stewart), a young maid desperate for work, comes to live with the family, Lizzie finds in her a kindred spirit, and a chance intimacy that blossoms into a wicked plan, and a dark, unsettling end.
- Chloë Sevigny as Lizzie Borden, Emma’s sister, Abby’s stepdaughter and Andrew’s daughter
- Kristen Stewart as Bridget Sullivan, a housemaid and Lizzie's lover
- Jay Huguley as William Henry Moody, prosecutor
- Fiona Shaw as Abby Borden, Andrew’s wife and Emma and Lizzie’s stepmother
- Jamey Sheridan as Andrew Borden, Emma and Lizzie’s father, Abby’s husband and John’s brother
- Kim Dickens as Emma Borden, Lizzie’s sister, Abby’s stepdaughter and Andrew’s daughter
- Denis O'Hare as John Morse
- Jeff Perry as Andrew Jennings, Lizzie's defense attorney
On October 28, 2015, it was announced that Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart had been cast in an as yet untitled film about Lizzie Borden, with Pieter Van Hees to direct from a script by Bryce Kass. Sevigny was cast to play Borden, with Stewart playing her live-in maid Bridget Sullivan. The film's producer would be Naomi Despres, with Playtone executive producing. On May 12, 2016, Craig William Macneill came on board to direct the film.
On November 10, 2016, Jay Huguley was cast in the film to play William Henry Moody, the prosecuting attorney in the case. Elizabeth Destro was also producing the film through Destro Films, along with Despres through Artina Films, and Sevigny with Josh Bachove co-producing, and the film would be financed by Elizabeth Stillwell and Roxanne Anderson through Powder Hound Pictures and Ingenious Media. Fiona Shaw, Jamey Sheridan, Kim Dickens, Denis O'Hare, and Jeff Perry were also cast in the film.
The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018. Saban Films, in partnership with Roadside Attractions, acquired North American rights with plans to release the film this summer.  It was released on September 14, 2018.
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On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 65% based on 57 reviews, with an average rating of 5.6/10. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating to reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 60 out of 100, based on 23 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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