EXCLUSIVE: Coming off supporting turns in History’s Emmy-winning miniseries Hatfields & McCoys and Lionsgate’s upcoming Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, Jena Malone is stepping into the lead to tangle with seductive specters in Victorian England. Mitchell Lichtenstein (Teeth, Happy Tears) is directing Angelica, a psychological thriller set in 1880s London based on the novel Angelica Jena Maloneof the same name by bestselling author Arthur Phillips (Prague, The Egyptologist). Malone will play Constance, a young shop girl who falls for and marries Dr. Joseph Barton. After the difficult childbirth of their daughter Angelica, doctor-ordered celibacy creates a rift in the Bartons’ marriage and a ghostly force enters their home. Joyce Pierpoline is producing for Pierpoline Films along with Richard Lormand. Malone recently wrapped November’s Catching Fire in the role of Johanna Mason. She’s repped by Gersh and attorney Bob Wallerstein.

Phillips’ 2007 novel Angelica unfolded its sexually-charged supernatural mystery from multiple perspectives. His short story Wenceslas Square was adapted by Captain America scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely into a 2009 Black List script now titled City Of Lies. That pic is set up at Endgame with Tim Robbins directing and Ira Glass producing. Phillips is managed by Silver Lake Entertainment and repped by David Colden, Esq. and Marly Rusoff Literary Agency.