STX Films is in closing negotiations to secure Scott Cooper’s “A Head Full of Ghosts,” a psychological thriller and adaptation of Paul Tremblay’s novel. The film is set to star Margaret Qualley (“Novitiate,” “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”). More casting is still underway.
According to Deadline, the film is described to follow a young woman who tells the story of her family’s deterioration brought on by her sister’s affliction twenty years back.
Producers on Cooper’s title are Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine of the Allegiance Theater, Susan Downey, Tyler Thompson, Cooper, and David Gambino. STX will be handling U.S. and U.K. distribution for the film while it is being produced by Cross Creek, Team Downey, and The Allegiance Theater.
Qualley was seen recently in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood,” which was nominated for a total of ten Academy Award nominations, winning the honors for Best Supporting Actor and Best Production Design. Qualley starred in her first acting role as Raquel in 2013’a “Palo Alto.” She then landed her breakout role in Maggie Betts’ “Novitiate.” She just came off starring in the Berlin Film Festival opener, “My Salinger Year.”
Her other credits include “Death Note,” “The Nice Guys,” “Native Son,” and “Seberg.” Her roles in television include HBO’s “The Leftovers” and FX’s “Fosse/Verdon,” in which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy for her supporting role.
Cooper takes the director’s chair on the psychological picture, coming off his latest feature, the Searchlight horror, “Antlers,” which was recently shelved by Disney during the coronavirus pandemic. The film was initially headed for a mid-April theatrical debut. Cooper’s other directorial credits include the Oscar-winning “Crazy Heart,” “Out of the Furnace,” “Black Mass,” and “Hostiles.”