Kate Beckinsale in Talks to Star in Brad Anderson's 'Eliza Graves'

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Brad Anderson is currently enjoying the biggest hit of his career in "The Call," but he already has his sights set on this next project: "Eliza Graves," an Edgar Allan Poe adaptation that may star Kate Beckinsale in the lead role.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Beckinsale is currently in talks with Millennium Pictures and Nu Image to feature as the film's title character, "a patient at a mental institution in which the inmates have taken over and are posing as doctor." Graves then "becomes the object of affection of a newly arrived Harvard Medical School grad who has no idea of the topsy-turvy world he just entered."

"Eliza Graves" will be a psychological thriller that will be "loosely based" (as many Poe adaptations are) on the author's early short story "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether." The 1845 tale has been the basis for two previous films, "The Mansion of Madness" and "Don't Look in the Basement," both of which were coincidentally released in 1973.

This latest pass has actually been in the works for several years; at one point, Jodie Foster was looking to direct before "Paranormal Activity" creator Oren Peli was attached a few years ago. Both Natalie Portman and Ian McKellen had both expressed interest in the project at various points as well.

Instead, it looks like Anderson will be the one to bring this tale back to the big screen after so many years. It should be familiar territory for him, as his first horror offering, "Session 9," was also centered around an insane asylum.

Production on "Eliza Graves" is scheduled to start on June 21st, so expect to hear some more casting news on this one shortly. For horror and psychological thriller aficionados, this should be one to keep an eye on, especially since Anderson has quietly become one of the most solid genre directors during the past decade.

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