Actress Cate Blanchett is now a director?

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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From elf to director… what hasn’t Cate done?!

Cate Blanchett is taking a break from acting and stepping behind the camera for the first time! The Australian actress will make her film directing debut on the adaptation of Herman Koch’s novel The Dinner.

It isn’t the first time, however, that Blanchett has dabbled with directing. She spent the last five years as the Sydney Theatre Company’s co-artistic director alongside her husband Andrew Upton. Together they collaborated with David Harrower, the playwright (a person who writes plays) behind Blackbird and The Year Of Magical Thinking.

Now, she’s definitely going to need those skills if she’s directing the complicated novel The Dinner! The psychological thriller revolves around two brothers, one of whom is running for prime minister of the Netherlands, as they discover their teenage boys have committed an unspeakable crime. Sounds like a pretty easy (but oddly terrifying) movie adaptation, right? Well, did we mention that the whole story happens in just one scene!?

Throughout the entire book, both brothers bicker with each other, their kids, and their wives, just trying to decide what lengths they’ll go to protect their little boys and keep the news from the media. Of course, there’s flashbacks here and there, but it all comes back to the dining room!

Oren Moverman (The Messenger) is writing the script and executive producing alongside Eva Maria Daniels and Olga Segura. There are currently no other details about when Blanchett will take her seat as director, but we’re sure it’s very soon!

Image of Cate Blanchett in The Lord of the Rings courtesy of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Facebook.