'Bad Behavior': Jennifer Connelly & Ben Whishaw To Star In Alice Englert's Directorial Debut

Alice Englert, daughter of director Jane Campion, has steadily built a reputation as an actress over the past ten years with “Ginger & Rosa,” “Top Of The Lake,” and elsewhere. And now she’ll try her hand at directing with her feature debut, “Bad Behavior.”

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Deadline reports that Englert will write, star in, and direct the new film, set to begin production in New Zealand soon. The dark comedy stars Jennifer Connelly as Lucy, a former child actress who seeks spiritual enlightenment at a retreat led by Ben Whishaw‘s Elon. Along the way, she navigates her turbulent relationship with her stunt performing daughter, Dylan, played by Englert.  

Alongside Connelly, Whishaw, and Englert, “Bad Behavior” also stars Ana Scotney, Dasha Nekrasova Karan Gill, and Marlon Williams.  

Englert’s most recent performances include this year’s “You Won’t Be Alone,” and more minor roles in two Netflix series, 2020’s “Ratched,” and last year’s “The Serpent.” She also stars in Starz‘s adaptation of “Dangerous Liaisons,” currently in production, alongside Kosar Ali and Lesley Manville.

Connelly stars in the blockbuster “Top Gun: Maverick,” which has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide since hitting theaters Memorial Day weekend. Whishaw’s recent roles include the lead in Adam Kay‘s medical TV series “This Is Going To Hurt,” on AMC+ in the US, and reprising his role as Q in “No Time To Die.”

No word on a release date yet for “Bad Behavior,” but expect it to make the festival rounds in the latter half of 2023.