Jamie Thraves ("The Low Down") will direct his adaptation of the 1962 Patricia Highsmith novel ("The Talented Mr. Ripley") for BBC Films and Myriad Pictures. Stiles replaces the previously attached Sarah Polley, who withdrew due to scheduling conflicts, reports the trade paper. Paddy Considine and Scott Speedman also appear in the project, which is slated to begin filming late October in Toronto.
"Cry of the Owl" centers on a suburban woman (Stiles) who falls for her stalker (Considine) while her ex-boyfriend (Speedman) seeks revenge. Debra Messing was also previously attached to the thriller.
Last seen on the Off-Broadway stage in Fran's Bed, Stiles has also appeared in London in Oleanna, at the 2002 Public Theatre's "Shakespeare in the Park" production of Twelfth Night as Viola and in The Vagina Monologues. The actress is known for her work in such films as "Edmond," "Mona Lisa Smile," the "Bourne" trilogy, "O," "Save the Last Dance," "State and Main," "Hamlet," and "10 Things I Hate About You" among others. She recently directed (and appeared in) the short film "Raving."