Liv Tyler Joins Director Ti West's The Side Effect
01.20.12 by Ryan
Since making his debut with 2005's The Roost, writer-director Ti West has been devoted to making horror movies. The Innkeepers, West's first attempt at a ghost story, opens in theaters on Feb. 3rd (though it is already available on VOD), and the horror anthology V/H/S, which includes a segment directed by West, will debut at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend. Showing no signs of slowing down, West has cast Liv Tyler in the lead role of his next project, titled The Side Effect.
Deadline reports that Tyler will play Catherine Rigby, a woman who spends "several months alone in space as an experimental subject for a global pharmaceutical company and finds herself inexplicably pregnant." It won't be Tyler's first horror movie, having appeared in 2008's The Strangers, but she said she was drawn to the project because of West, calling the director "a super-talented exciting young filmmaker." Tyler called her role "a fantastic character within a great thriller."
A thriller? Don't worry, West explained that The Side Effect will stay in the horror genre. Somewhat.
Although it is still somewhat of a horror film, it is much more psychological than any of my previous efforts. It was essential that I find an actress who could portray a wide range of emotion and always earn the audience’s sympathy no matter what the situation. As soon as I sat down with Liv, it was obvious she was the one.
The Side Effect will be produced by Ted Hope, who worked with Tyler on The Strangers, and was also anxious to work with West. "I was blown away by Ti’s films," Hope told Deadline. "I wondered why the studios and big budget guys hadn’t yet scooped him up. His movies are note-perfect displays of tension and tone. Each aspect of his filmmaking serves the whole. It’s rare to see such talent on display."
No production date was mentioned, which means that West may have to start thinking of a new title. Director Steven Soderbergh is preparing to shoot a similarly named thriller The Side Effects in April. The plot of both movies, however, are entirely different.