Cate Blanchett is branching out. After two decades of performing in front of cameras and a slew of coveted award wins and nominations, the Oscar-winning actress is now stepping behind the scenes for her first directorial job. She's set to helm a physiological thriller titled "The Dinner".
The film, set at a dinner in Amsterdam, will explore the story of just how far some parents might go to protect their loved ones. Two brothers, one running for prime minister of the Netherlands, must make a tough decision regarding their teenage sons who have committed an unspeakable crime.
Based on Herman Koch's best-selling novel of the same title, the project has "The Messenger (2009)" scribe Oren Moverman writing the script. Cotty Chubb will produce the pic, while Eva Maria Daniels and Olga Segura serve as the executive producers. It's unclear if Blanchett will be among the ensemble.
Blanchett is actually not a complete stranger to directing. She has been serving as a co-artistic director of the Sydney Theater Company along with her husband, playwright Andrew Upton. She once directed playwright David Harrower's "Blackbird" and Joan Didion's memoir "The Year of Magical Thinking".
Blanchett was last seen in Woody Allen-directed dramedy "Blue Jasmine". Her role as a New York socialite who scrambles to put her life back together after a series of shocking events puts her on the list of nominee candidates for the upcoming Academy Awards.
Her next projects include "The Monuments Men", "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" & "The Hobbit: There and Back Again" and "How to Train Your Dragon 2".