Seven Arts Entertainment has cast Anjelica Huston to play Lady Astair, and David Thewlis as Count Zurov in THE WINTER QUEEN starring Milla Jovovich as Lady Amalia. Based on Boris Akunin’s novel, the project is directed by Fedor Beonderchuk, and production starts in April..
The Winter Queen tells the story of intrepid young police detective Erast Fandorin and a mystery that begins with the suicides of several wealthy young men throughout 1886 Russia and ends in an extensive plot for global domination. Fandorin’s naïve wit and the suave yet volatile Count Zurov are his only protection from the ever more elaborate attempts on his life as he follows the conspiracy from Russia to England and back again; navigating unknown worlds with charm if not with ease. The enigmatic femme fatale Amalia seems to be somehow at the center of it all, but can the saintly British aristocrat Lady Astair, founder of a string of orphanages which have greatly benefited from the wills of the affluent dead men, really be trusted?