Deadline has reported Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals) and James Frecheville (Animal Kingdom) have been cast in The Seven Sorrows of Mary, a crime thriller about a kidnapped couple and their attempt to escape their captors.
Directing the film will be Portuguese writer-director Pedro Varela (Os Filhos Do Rock), who also provided the screenplay for the film. The Seven Sorrows of Mary will begin production later this month in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Inspired by true events, the harrowing story follows Mary (Bamber), a 21 year old American exchange student, who is about to finish up her year abroad in Brazil. While out for a night on the town with her boyfriend Gabriel (Frecheville), they are both kidnapped. Gabriel is repeatedly beaten while Mary is raped by her captors during a six-hour abduction nightmare. After she gets away Mary is forced to choose between seizing a chance at freedom and letting Gabriel be killed, or returning to her brutal attackers.
Ellie Bamber will be seen next in The Nutcracker and The Four Realms while Frecheville will be starring in Requiem.