Proving her range as an actress, Lily Collins is set to take on an entirely new role for her first project post-Emily in Paris, starring in her director fiancé Charlie McDowell’s thriller, Windfall.
The modern-day film noir has been dubbed ‘Hitchcockian’ and will see Collins starring as one half of a couple who are robbed while on holiday. It will also star Jason Segel, who helped pen the script, plus Kirsten Dunst’s husband, Jesse Plemons.
Collins’ most recent role was in Netflix’s surprise hit, Emily in Paris, which though critically panned, was popular with audiences. It saw the British-American actress playing a young woman sent to France to help spearhead the social media output of a fashion company, with constant culture clashes.
McDowell has previously directed The One I Love, starring Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss, which premiered at Sundance Film Festival in 2014, as well as The Discovery in 2019, which also starred Jason Segel.
His most recent project is Gilded Rage, based on the infamous murder of the investment banker Thomas Gilbert Sr, who was killed by his Princeton graduate son after he reduced his allowance. Thomas Gilbert Sr will be played by Bill Skarsgård and Christoph Waltz at different stages in his life, while McDowell’s wife-to-be Collins will also star.
McDowell and Collins announced their engagement last September, with wedding invitations reportedly sent out in January of this year. He proposed with a colourless rose-cut diamond by Irene Neuwirth while the pair were hiking. The unusual diamond means that Collins’ skin can be seen through the diamond, making it a rather sensual choice.