Amber Heard has had a rocky year or so. In the fall of 2015, her latest film, “London Fields,” was yanked from the Toronto International Film Festival amid an acrimonious legal battle, and that was soon followed by her very public split with Johnny Depp. But the actress is returning to the screen later this year in the big-budget “Justice League,” her first role in the comic-book universe that will be expanded in next year’s “Aquaman.” And now she’s adding an intriguing thriller to her plate.
Heard has signed up to star in Agnieszka Holland‘s “The Kind Worth Killing.” Based on the book by Peter Swanson, the latest from the filmmaker behind “Europa Europa” and “The Secret Garden,” and episodes of “The Wire,” “The Killing,” “Treme,” and “House Of Cards,” the “Gone Girl“/”Strangers On A Train“-esque thriller follows a man and a woman who meet in an airport and begin to plot the murder of the former’s wife. Here’s the book synopsis:
In a tantalizing set-up reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith’s classic Strangers on a Train… On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that’s going stale and his wife Miranda, who he’s sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start—he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit—a contrast that once inflamed their passion, but has now become a cliché.
But their game turns a little darker when Ted jokes that he could kill Miranda for what she’s done. Lily, without missing a beat, says calmly, “I’d like to help.” After all, some people are the kind worth killing, like a lying, stinking, cheating spouse. . . .
Back in Boston, Ted and Lily’s twisted bond grows stronger as they begin to plot Miranda’s demise. But there are a few things about Lily’s past that she hasn’t shared with Ted, namely her experience in the art and craft of murder, a journey that began in her very precocious youth.
Suddenly these co-conspirators are embroiled in a chilling game of cat-and-mouse, one they both cannot survive . . . with a shrewd and very determined detective on their tail.
No word yet on when cameras might roll, but this could be some pulpy entertainment. [Deadline]