“Game of Thrones” just wrapped up its fourth season on HBO and star Emilia Clarke, who plays the Mother of Dragons Daenerys Targaryen, has a new job. According to THR, she just booked the lead role in the indie film Voice From the Stone, based on the 1996 Italian novel “La Voce della Pietra” by Silvio Raffo. Eric D. Howell will make his feature film debut with the piece and Andrew Shaw is adapting the screenplay.
The novel is set in Tuscany, Italy in the 1950s. Clarke will play a nurse to a young boy who’s just tragically lost his mother. Inside the family’s castle, a dark force takes over her as she tries to help the troubled child. Originally Maggie Gyllenhaal was up to star in the picture. Production is set to begin in Italy in November.
Sounds like your standard psychological thriller in a lovely setting. Though we can’t get the book in English at the moment, the author is pretty interesting. Silvio Raffo is the most prolific translator of English and American women writers from English to Italian including works by Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Emily Brontë, Dorothy Parker, and Sara Teasdale. He studied Emily Dickinson for years and wrote an essay about her called “La Sposa del Terrore,” or “Terror’s Bride.” He was shortlisted for the Strega Prize in 1997 for the novel and has won quite a number of prizes for poetry.
We’re going to see Clarke in another movie in the near future. It’s Terminator: Genesis. Heard of it? (Fun fact: Clarke will play Sarah Connor in the film. Her “Game of Thrones” co-star Lena Headey played Sarah Connor in the TV series “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”)
Has anyone out there read “La Voce della Pietra”? We’d love to hear your thoughts!
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