Evanna Lynch, the actor best known for portraying Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter franchise, will star in “Influenced!,” a black comedy set in the world of social media influencers that has been inspired by Oscar Wilde’s classic 1891 novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” Lynch will play Dora, a makeup sales assistant who goes on to become one of the world’s biggest influencers. But the more ruthless Dora becomes in her pursuit of insta-fame the more grotesque and distorted her social media profile photo also becomes. Nick Wild wrote and will direct.
The film will shoot in Q1 2024 in the U.K. and Italy and is to be produced by Silent D pictures’ Djonny Chen and Alchemy’s Lamia Nayeb St Hilaire, with casting by Nicci Topping. “Influenced!” will be Chen’s 26th film in the last three years and part of a repertoire that includes Indonesian box-office hit “Before Night Falls” and “Parallel,” which is currently in production.
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The project has particular resonance for Lynch who, in addition to her acting work, is also a writer and activist and promotes mental wellness and positive body image in young people after her own experiences with an eating disorder.
Lynch said: “Nick has written a hilarious script that vividly illustrates the slow mental and moral degradation that befalls a person who loses sight of the line between reality and a filtered imaginary life. With the algorithm always ten steps ahead, intuiting our next thought, ‘Influenced!’ is the story of an everyday trap that none of us can seem to avoid. I’m so excited to be playing Dora and to help bring this dark, interesting and ominous story to life.”
Wild added: “Developing this project has been a passion project of mine for the last few years and we are really excited to be working with Evanna to deliver a contemporary spin on this classic story. Oscar Wilde’s themes of identity and self-image are still so relevant and, if anything, have been amplified by the current cultural obsession to show our validation and worth by how many followers you have and the face-filtered Instagram posts of your #bestlife.”
Publicist Philippe Ashfield at Instant Entertainment is handling PR for the project.
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