Naomi Watts, Sophia Lillis to Star in Claire McCarthy’s ‘Burning Season’

Naomi Watts and “It” star Sophia Lillis, who appears in the forthcoming “Sharp Objects” and “Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase,” will head the cast of Claire McCarthy’s movie “Burning Season,” with London-based HanWay Films on board as sales agent.

Watts, who recently starred in McCarthy’s “Ophelia,” will also executive produce.

HanWay will introduce the project to buyers at the Cannes Film Festival.Adapted for the screen by writer/producer Jenny Halper, based on Laura Van Den Berg’s short story “What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us,” the film sets a complicated mother-daughter relationship against the dramatic landscape of Madagascar, an island where nearly all the species are indigenous, and many are endangered.The film centers on primatologist June Engle, played by Watts, who has returned to a drought-stricken region of Madagascar in search of endangered species.

Dragged along for the adventure

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