EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Connelly and Ben Whishaw are set to star in Bad Behaviourwhich marks the directorial debut for Alice Englert. Ana Scotney and Dasha Nekrasova Karan Gill and Marlon Williams round out the cast.
The film is a dark comedy about Lucy (Connelly), a former child actress who seeks enlightenment at a retreat led by spiritual leader Elon (Whishaw) while she also navigates the close yet turbulent relationship with her stunt performer daughter, Dylan (Englert).
Bad Behaviour is produced by Desray Armstrong and Molly Hallam, and executive produced by Stephen Braun of Bee-Hive Productions. The independent film’s production is taking place in New Zealand and is financed with funds from the New Zealand Film Commission, the New Zealand Screen Production Grant, Fulcrum Media Finance and Bee-Hive Productions with additional support from AHI Films and Images&Sound. CAA Media Finance and Verve Ventures will co-represent the sale of North America, with Protagonist handling international sales. AHI Films will distribute theatrically in Australia and New Zealand.
Connelly is onscreen in Top Gun: Maverick opposite Tom Cruise. The blockbuster premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide since hitting theaters May 27. Whishaw was most recently seen in the lead role of Adam Kay’s TV series This Is Going to Hurt and reprised his role as Q in No Time To Die. Englert, who wrote the screenplay and is also directing Bad Behaviourmost recently appeared in Goran Stolevski’s Sundance pic You Won’t Be Alone and up next has Starz’s series reimagining of Dangerous Liaisons alongside Kosar Ali and Lesley Manville.
Connelly is repped by CAA, RMS and The Lede Company; Whishaw by CAA, Hamilton & Hodell, Peikoff Mahan and CLD Communications; Englert by CAA, Hamilton & Hodell, HLA Management, United Management and Narrative PR; Scotney is repped by Gail Cowan Management and MGMT Entertainment; Nekrasova by Gersh, Management 360, ID and Gochman Law Group; Gill by Grandview and The Artists Partnership; Williams by CAA and Heartstop Music. Bee-Hive Productions is represented by Verve.