Hoping to continue her winning streak in the genre business, Sarah Michelle Gellar has signed to star in the Hitchcockian thriller "Addicted." Yari Film Group will finance the film, to be produced by Yari, Vertigo's Doug Davison and Roy Lee and Spitfire Pictures' Guy East and Nigel Sinclair.
Swedish filmmakers Joel Bergvall and Simon Sandquist will direct the film, set for an October production start. The duo is signed to direct the Warner Bros. Pictures big-screen adaptation of DC Comics' "Books of Magic."
"Addicted" centers on a woman whose husband and brother-in-law both end up in a coma after an accident. When the brother awakes, claiming to be her husband, she must try to understand the reality, suspecting something more sinister is at work.
The screenplay was adapted by Michael Petroni from the 2002 South Korean film "Jungdok." Executive producers include Spitfire's Alexander Brunner and Vertigo's Sonny Mallhi. Yari's head of production Brad Jenkel brought the film to the company.
"To have such a haunting screenplay combined with a star, producers and directors who have had the experience and success with this type of film in the past makes us truly excited about the project," Yari said.
Distribution for the film has not yet been determined.
Vertigo will reunite with Gellar after working with the former vampire slayer on "The Grudge" and the upcoming "The Grudge 2," set for release Oct. 13. Gellar recently wrapped production on "The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing." She also stars in Rogue Pictures' supernatural thriller "The Return," which opens Nov. 10.