Georgina Campbell has signed on to join Dakota Fanning in the thriller The Watchers, directed by Ishana Night Shyamalan
We recently heard that Barbarian star Georgina Campbell had signed on to star in the virus thriller Cold Storage with Liam Neeson and Joe Keery, and that she’s taking the lead in the thriller Psycho Killer, written by Se7en scribe Andrew Kevin Walker. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Campbell will join Dakota Fanning as part of a thriller titled TheWatchers which marks M. Night Shyamalan’s daughter Ishana Night Shyamalan’s feature directorial debut. Filming is expected to begin in Ireland later this year, and a June 7, 2024 theatrical release has already been scheduled.
Fanning will take on the role of Mina, a 28-year-old artist who gets stranded in an expansive, untouched forest in western Ireland. When Mina finds refuge, she becomes trapped with three strangers who are watched by mysterious creatures every night. Campbell’s character is one of the three strangers.
The younger Shyamalan has written the screenplay for The Watchers, based on a novel by A.M. Shine (pick one up HERE).
New Line Cinema’s Richard Brener stated: “We could not be more excited to make Ishana’s first film with TheWatchers. Equal parts visual, immersive, and terrifying, the script grips you from the first page and never lets go.“
M. Night Shyamalan, Ashwin Rajan and Blinding Edge Pictures produce The watchers Nimitt Mankad, of Inimitable Pictures, is also producing. Jo Homewood serves as executive producer.
Ishana Night Shyamalan has been an important part of the creative team behind her father’s Apple TV+ series Servant, writing and/or directing multiple episodes. Speaking about his daughter’s work on Servant last year, M. Night Shyamalan told Entertainment Weekly, “She has slightly more of a fantasy bend than I do. She speaks with more color than I do. The camera cants or is grotesquer when showing someone more frightening. Your experience can work against you if you are an accomplished artist. I have fewer options because I’ve done many things. She doesn’t understand that. For her, everything is possible. There are advantages and disadvantages to the levels of experience that we each have.”
In addition to her work on Servant, Ishana Night Shyamalan has also worked as second unit director on her father’s movies Old and Knock at the Cabin, and she has directed four music videos for her sister Saleka. She is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and was still attending the school when she started working on Servant.
I was impressed by Georgina Campbell’s performance in Barbarian, so I’m glad to hear she’ll be in The Watchers with Dakota Fanning. What do you make of this casting announcement? Please leave a comment.