Natalie Dormer Heads Into ‘The Forest’

By October 21, 2014

Natalie Dormer has gotten a huge career bump from her work as Margaery Tyrell on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” parlaying that success into roles opposite A-list talent in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor and a major role in the final two Hunger Games sequels (the first of which, Mockingjay Part 1, hits theaters next month). And since Dormer is a young, attractive actress on the rise, you know what that means – it won’t be long before she jumps into supernatural thriller territory. In fact, THR reports that her time has already come, and she’ll soon topline a new thriller called The Forest.

Based on an original idea by David Goyer, the story is set in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji and follows a young American woman named Sara as she attempts to find her missing twin sister. While everyone warns her to stay on the path, she enters the forest in desperation and is “confronted by the angry and tormented souls of the dead who prey on anyone who wanders the forest.” The screenplay has been reworked by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca, and The Forest will be the directorial debut of Jason Zada.

Hopefully Cornwell and Antosca have improved on the original concept, because Goyer – despite working on some huge blockbusters like The Dark Knight trilogy – doesn’t have a stellar track record when it comes to supernatural horror stories. Remember The Unborn? Yeah, no one else does either. I’m holding out hope that this could be a cool, creepy film when all is said and done, and it looks like Focus will release the movie on January 8th, 2016, so we still have a while to wait.

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