Helen Mirren as author Patricia Highsmith in “Switzerland”

The thriller will depict a fictional encounter between Highsmith and a persistent literary agent.

Helen Mirren will appear as an acclaimed author Patricia Hochschmied In Switzerland, an upcoming thriller that depicts a fictional encounter with a tenacious literary agent. The film is directed Anton Corbin, his first feature film in eight years. Deadline reports that Mirren will star in an adaptation of the reclusive author best known for her novels about the amoral con man Tom Ripley Joanna Murray Smiththe play of the same name.

In it, while living in self-imposed exile in Switzerland, Highsmith meets with a literary agent who is trying to persuade her to write one final Ripley novel; She tries to scare him off, but the duo eventually find themselves working together and creating a twisted world of their own. Corbijn exclusively revealed details about the new film to Collider in an interview last month, telling the editor-in-chief Steve Weintraub that his long-awaited next film would be Switzerlanda feature film about Highsmith with “biographical elements” and that it is due to start shooting in Europe later this year.


The notoriously misanthropic Highsmith was a prolific writer of psychological thrillers that were fertile ground for Hollywood adaptations. The Ripley novels have been adapted numerous times, most famously in the 1999s The talented Mr Ripleymain role Matt Damon in the title role. Her other works were adapted from Alfred Hitchcock (in the 1950s strangers on a trainwith Farley Granger And Robert Walker), Todd Haynes (in 2015 Carolwith Cate Blanchett And Rooney Mara), And Adrian Lyne (in 2022 Deep watermain role Ben Affleck And Ana de Armas).

Helen Mirren on Shazam!  wrath of the gods
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An acclaimed actress with a career dating back to the ’60s, Mirren won an Oscar in 2007 for her performance as Queen Elizabeth the second In The Queen. Recently seen in the yellowstone precursor 1923she will appear next in Fast X, Shazam: Wrath of the Godsand the Gold Meier biopic Golda. Corbijn is a photographer and music video director who made his feature film debut with control 2007 biopic of the late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. Then he directed it The Americanwith George ClooneyAnd A most wanted manwith one of the late Philip Seymour Hoffmanrecent appearances. Switzerland will be his first feature film since 2015 Lifemain role Robert Pattinson And Dane DeHaan.

Switzerland is produced by Gaby Tana, Troy lum And Andrew Mason for Brouhaha Entertainment and Jim Robison And Kurt Martin for moon pictures. Murray-Smith will adapt her play for the big screen.

FilmNation Entertainment will buy Switzerland at the European Film Market next week. Stay tuned to Collider for future updates.

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