In the 2017 iteration of It, Jaeden Lieberher portrays Bill Denbrough as he endures a string of traumas from the disappearance of his little brother to multiple face-to-face confrontations with an ancient malevolent entity. Lieberher brought his A-game to that role, and he’s now acting in another project that will enable him to shine as his character encounters disquieting events.
In The Lodge, Lieberher plays Aiden, a 15-year-old described in a May 2017 draft of the screenplay as “a teenager who has grown tall a little too quickly.” As noted by THR, the cast also includes Riley Keough, Richard Armitage, and Lia McHugh.
Originally written by Sergio Casci, The Lodge script has been revised by directors Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala. Now in production, the film follows a pair of siblings, Aiden and his 10-year-old sister Mia, who get to know their father’s bride-to-be by spending some quality time as a trio at an isolated mountain lodge. The kids must cope with the increasingly erratic and hostile behavior of Grace, their potential step-mother, as unsettling events unfold.
The Lodge will be the first English-language film by Franz & Fiala, whose 2014 feature Goodnight Mommy amassed critical praise. In The Irish Independent, Paul Whittington calls Goodnight Mommy “an eerie, stylish, oddly beautiful and commendably macabre little film.” In The Daily Mail (UK), Brian Viner calls the film “a strange and chilling Austrian psycho-drama” that is “creepy, manipulative and, in its dark, quiet way, unforgettable.” Garry McConnachie opines in his Daily Mail review, “Franz & Fiala have crafted a superb psychological horror that uses the power of suggestion and audience perception to help carry the narrative.”
The Lodge does not currently have a release date. Keep your eyes on Nightmare on Film Street for future updates on the film.