EXCLUSIVE: Assaf Bernstein, who wrote and directed the Mossad spy thriller The Debt and helmed the Israeli TV series Fauda, will make his U.S. directorial debut with Behind The Glass. The psychological thriller hails from Ace in the Hole Productions, Primary Wave Entertainment and Dana Lustig Productions.

Behind The Glass centers on Maria, a shy and reclusive 18-year-old alienated by her parents and known as an outcast by her high school peers. Her only confidant is her own reflection in the mirror, from which she derives comfort, a sense of belonging and, ultimately, her own demise. Casting in underway.

“I’ve had this film in my mind since I was a boy,” said Bernstein, whose 2007 pic The Debt was remade in 2010 in a U.S. version starring Jessica Chastain and Helen Mirren. “The double role of Maria/Airam is an amazingly powerful, rare and dynamic role. We’re on the lookout for someone whose screen presence is magnetic, unique and can play innocent and complex in the same instance. I am also thrilled to cast the role of Dan, her father, a modern-day Dorian Gray, truly enigmatic and intriguingly dark character.”

Lustig, Gig Kaplan and Brad Kaplan are producers.