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Zelda Williams to make directing debut with ‘bonkers’ zombie comedy Lisa Frankenstein

Get prepared to fulfill a brand new sort of Frankenstein — and Frankenstein’s monster.

Zelda Williams, the actress, filmmaker, and daughter of the late comedy legend Robin Williams, is about to make her function directorial debut with Lisa Frankenstein, a zombie rom-com set in 1989.

Focus Features introduced the information Wednesday, and likewise revealed that Kathryn Newton (Freaky) and Cole Sprouse (Riverdale) will star within the movie. Diablo Cody (Juno, Jennifer’s Body) wrote the script, which follows an unpopular excessive schooler who by accident reanimates a good-looking Victorian corpse throughout a lightning storm. She then begins to rebuild him into the person of her desires utilizing the damaged tanning mattress in her storage.

Filming is slated to start this summer season.

Zelda Williams

Zelda Williams

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Williams, 32, tweeted Wednesday, “I know Hollywood gets a bad rep for regurgitating sequels and remakes and reboots over and over and over… and yeah, it totally does that! But it’s also finally letting me make the most bonkers, wonderful zombie script I’ve ever read, and for that, I will be forever grateful!”

She additionally famous that she did not intend for Lisa Frankenstein to be her first movie within the director’s chair. “I had three films fall apart before this because movies often do,” she wrote. “It was discouraging, to say the least. But the fact this one survived and THRIVED to be my first? A f—ing gift.”

As for Williams’ leads, Newton is understood for her work on TV sequence together with Supernatural, Big Little Lies, and Halt and Catch Fire, and movies together with Blockers and Pokémon: Detective Pikachu. She’s additionally poised to make her Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Sprouse was most just lately seen on the massive display in Moonshot and has the ultimate season of Riverdale arising later this 12 months on the CW.

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