EXCLUSIVE: Taissa Farmiga is getting Violent with The Sacrament director Ti West. She’s joined the cast of the filmmaker’s 1890’s-set Western In A Valley Of Violence, led by Ethan Hawke and John Travolta. Story follows Paul (Hawke), a drifter with nothing to lose who seeks revenge on the thugs who killed his best friend. Farmiga will play a young woman who runs the town’s hotel with her older sister and helps Paul in his quest for vengeance. Blumhouse’s Jason Blum is producing. West’s longtime producer Peter Phok and Sacrament producer Jacob Jaffke are exec producers.
West (House of the Devil, The Innkeepers) world-premiered his latest film The Sacrament in Venice and opens the Jonestown-esque cult thriller on June 6 via Magnolia Pictures. He’s moving fast on Valley, which he wrote and is directing with filming set to begin late next month in New Mexico. Nineteen-year-old Farmiga has had a solid run since making her screen debut in sister Vera’s 2011 directorial debut Higher Ground, followed with a turn in Sofia Coppola’s Bling Ring and indies At Middleton, Anna, and Jamesy Boy. She drew acclaim for her breakout role as Violet Harmon on the first season of FX’s American Horror Story, and returned as a series regular for the show’s third season, American Horror Story: Coven. Farmiga recently filmed Warren Beatty’s untitled next feature and is currently shooting Sony’s meta horror-comedy The Final Girls with Malin Ackerman. She’s repped by ICM Partners, Authentic Talent and Literary Management and Peikoff Mahan.