Deadline is exclusively reporting that Anya Taylor-Joy, Nick Robinson, Sasha Lane, Theodore Pellerin and Keiynan Lonsdale will be starring in the film adaptation of Francesca Lia Block’s 1980’s cult novel Weetzie Bat.
The story focuses on Weetzie, an ethereal pixie living in 80’s Los Angeles, where she grew up the child of an alcoholic starlet mother and a junkie screenwriter father. She teams up with her mohawked best friend Dirk to find love, leading her to the mysterious trenchcoat-weating filmmaker Max and platinum-haired surfer Duck. But when their bliss is threatened by deaths, breakups and Max’s witchy and bitter ex-girlfriend Vixanne, Weetzie must take off her pink harlequin sunglasses in order to confront life’s darkness and find happiness in a city known as much for the glamour of fame and fortune as the darkness of cults and crime.
Anya Taylor-Joy (whose credits include Split and Thoroughbreds) will be playing the role of Weetzie, Nick Robinson (whose credits include Everything, Everything and Love, Simon) will be playing the role of Max, Sasha Lane (whose credits include American Honey and The Miseducation of Cameron Post) will be playing the role of Vixanne, Theodore Pellerin (whose credits include Boost and Boy Erased) will be playing the role of Dirk and Keiynan Lonsdale (whose credits include Legends of Tomorrow and Love, Simon) will be playing the role of Duck.
Block has written the screenplay for this adaptation, which has Justin Kelly attached to direct. Thor Bradwell, Justin Kelly and Joshua Thurston serve as producers on the project.