Though her supporting role as a flight attendant in the Liam Neeson actioner Non-Stop was a bit of a bust, not giving the talented actress much of an opportunity to show off her dramatic chops, Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery still feels like she’s on the cusp of a major Hollywood breakthrough. Now, the actress has joined another promising project that should help her star rise even higher – indie thriller Queen of the Earth.
Dockery stars with Top of the Lake actress Elisabeth Moss in the psychological thriller, which will be directed by Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Philip). It centers on two women who take a trip to a remote beach house in hopes of escaping the daily grind and other pressures in their busy lives. Though they’re lifelong best friends, the pair eventually acknowledge the growing disconnect between each other, allowing their suspicions about one another to cross over into reality.
Joe Swanberg, the mumblecore filmmaker behind Drinking Buddies and Happy Christmas, is involved as a producer. Though that early plot description is undeniably vague, the idea of a low-key thriller starring two tremendously talented actresses is highly promising, and we’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for this project. It’s unclear when production will kick off though, as Moss is tipped to star in season 2 of HBO’s True Detective, which will roll cameras in September.
Before Dockery takes on Queen of the Earth, she’ll be attending the Emmys on Monday, where she’s nominated for lead actress in a drama for her performance on Downton Abbey‘s fourth season. On the big screen, the actress will next be seen in Tarsem Singh’s long-delayed sci-fi thriller Selfless, starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Kingsley. That film centers on an elderly man who transfers his consciousness to the body of a younger man, only to become the target of a dangerous organization. Barring any more delays, it’ll open April 17th next year.