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(Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros/AP Images/Clive Barker)
(Eric Charbonneau/Invision for Warner Bros/AP Images/Clive Barker)
Lena Headey takes on another driven character in Jacqueline Ess. (Eric Charbonneau via AP Images/Clive Barker)

Lena Headey has made her mark on American audiences as the ambitious Queen of the Seven Kingdoms, Cersei Lannister, in HBO’s Game of Thrones. The English actress has been cast in another terrifyingly terrific role as the title character in the film adaptation of English author Clive Barker’s sexually fueled short story Jacqueline Ess, reports Variety.

Ess is a contemporary housewife who struggles with suicidal thoughts brought on by boredom. She finds the will to live when she learns she has the ability to morph people’s bodies into whatever suits her fancy, even if that means tearing them to bits. She uses her power to enhance her lovers’ sexual prowess, satisfying her own wants. But then things get a bit out of control.

“As far as I’m concerned, there is no better choice of actress for the role of Jacqueline,” says Barker who will be executive producing. “Her beauty and authority will carry the day.”

The story appears in Barker’s Books of Blood terror series and the I Shudder at Your Touch horror anthology.

“I personally have always loved the story of Jacqueline Ess,” says Andrew Hunt, Raven Banner Entertainment, who is producing the film in collaboration with Barker’s Seraphim Films. “It has all the qualities one wants in a modern horror film, so I’m excited to see it finally being brought to life on film.”

Jovanka Vuckovic is set to direct from the adaptation she co-wrote with Christian Francis, according to Barker’s official website. To date, Vucovic has directed three short films including The Captured Bird (2012), Self Portrait (2012) and The Guest (2013). This is Vuckovic’s first time at the helm of a feature-length film. 

Production is planned for fall 2014.

Can you already picture Headey in this role?

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By Brigid Brown