Bridgerton’s Phoebe Dynevor to star in Violent Night director’s shark thriller

A great white shark, but not the one that will appear in Beast Of War
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Phoebe Dynevor, star of TV’s Bridgerton, is in talks to star in Violent Night director Tommy Wirkola’s mysterious, untitled shark thriller.

Tommy Wirkola, director of festive action film Violent Night, is currently working on a thriller that involves sharks in some form, and said thriller could end up starring Phoebe Dynevor, previously of Bridgerton and Fair Play fame.

Dynevor is ‘in talks’ to star in Wirkola’s shark-based project according to Deadline, while further details are thinner on the ground than actual sharks. There’s no title to speak of and its plot is said to be “under wraps”; the concrete bit of information is that it’ll be produced by Hyperobject Industries, the production company founded by Adam McKay. It’s previously brought us such entertainments as Succession, The Menu and Don’t Look Up, the latter directed by McKay himself.

Hailing from Norway, Wirkola has built a career out of making genre movies, including the Nazi zombie flick Dead Snow (an entry in a curious subgenre that dates right back to 1977’s Shock Waves), Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, and the aforementioned Violent Night. The latter, starring David Harbour as a particularly aggressive Santa Claus, did decent business in 2022, such that a sequel was floated as a possibility a few months later.

Wirkola’s film is also the latest in a surprisingly large number of shark-related films on the horizon. Kiah Roach-Turner, maker of this year’s alien spider horror Sting, is working on a WWII-set survival thriller called Beast Of War. There’s also Something In The Water on the way, and there’ll be sharks all up in the Seine in Netflix’s upcoming horror, Under Paris. Most intriguingly of all, Deep Blue Sea auteur Renny Harlin is set to return to the genre with Deep Water, which will pit Aaron Eckhart and Ben Kingsley against the aquatic predators.

More on these and other shark-infested film productions as we get it.

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