Cut! Blanchett: Australian actress to make her directorial debut

The Blue Jasmine actress will step behind the camera for a dark thriller based on Herman Koch's best-selling novel The Dinner

Critics are currently enraptured by her performance in new Woody Allen flick Blue Jasmine, but Cate Blanchett’s next gig will see her stepping behind the camera. 


The Australian actress will make her directorial debut with the cinema adaptation of Herman Koch’s best-selling novel, The Dinner, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The dark thriller tells the tale of two middle class families struggling to make a tough decision when their teenage sons are caught up in the brutal murder of a homeless woman.

The Dinner was first published in 2009 and has been translated into 21 languages from its original Dutch. While Blanchett is best known for her performances in front of the camera, including her Oscar-winning role in The Aviator, she also has experience behind the scenes, serving with her husband as artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company since 2009.

The 44-year-old will work from a screenplay adapted by Oren Moverman (Rampart, The Messenger), with casting details yet to be announced.