Less than a year after its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, the Icelandic environmental film Woman at War will be remade in the United States. Sigh.
Woman at War has been picked up by American actress Jodie Foster, who will direct, co-produce and star in the English-language remake.
The Icelandic film has had huge success since it first screened at Cannes – screening at film festivals all around the world and winning the coveted LUX Prize in Europe and the Nordic Council Film Prize in the Nordic countries. . It is currently representing Iceland at the 91st Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film.
Foster will play the role of Halla (played by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir in the original), who is a middle-aged music teacher hiding a secret life as an outlaw environmental activist with a grudge against the local aluminium industry that is spoiling the pristine Icelandic Highlands. Halla is escalating her sabotage when an unexpected letter arrives with news: her adoption application has been approved and a baby girl is waiting for her in the Ukraine. Halla must then re-think her political convictions and destiny as the government hunts for her and an orphan waits for her.
“This movie thrilled me beyond words,” Foster said of the original film. “I am so excited to helm a new American imagining of this relevant, beautiful, inspiring story. The character of Halla is a warrior for the planet, a strong woman who risks it all to do the right thing. But not without some serious mishaps along the way.”
Foster said she will relocate the film’s setting from the ashen austerity of Iceland to the American West.
No details have been released about when the remake will be released.
You can watch the trailer for the original below.