Elisabeth Moss (The Invisible Man, Us) is returning to the world of cinematic thrillers for a new film about humanity’s obsession with youth and beauty. It also takes place in the not-too-distant future! According to the folks at Deadline, Moss will star in Shell, which will be directed by Handmaid’s Tale co-star Max Minghella (Teen Spirit). The project is being shopped to international buys at Cannes by Black Bear International.

Aside from Moss, the cast will also include Kate Hudson (Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery) and Kaia Gerber (American Horror Story). No word yet on just how soon production could begin, but it sounds like all of the key pieces are in place, so one imagines the moneymen won’t be sitting on their hands for long. As for the specifics of the story, the synopsis reads as follows:

“In Shell, struggling actress Samantha (Elisabeth Moss) is given an opportunity to get a free trial at Shell, a pioneering health and beauty company which promises to keep its clients looking young forever. Samantha’s life and career are transformed by the treatment, and she develops a burgeoning friendship with Shell’s CEO, the ultra-glamorous Zoe Shannon (Kate Hudson). When a string of former Shell patients go missing under mysterious circumstances, including popular social media star Chloe Benson (Kaia Gerber), Samantha starts to fear she may be in danger herself.”


Fred Berger, Brian Kavanaugh Jones, Minghella, Moss, Lindsey McManus and Alicia Van Couvering are on board as producers, with Jamie Bell serving as executive producer. Jack Stanley (Lou) penned the screenplay. Moss had this to say about it:

“This is one of the most unique, entertaining and special scripts I’ve ever read and I am so honored to be a part of it as an actor and flattered that Max came to me with this character, who’s unlike anyone I’ve ever played before. Having worked with Max for years on The Handmaid’s Tale, I’m so thrilled to now be directed by him as I’m a huge fan of his as a filmmaker. We at Love & Squalor are also excited to be working alongside Automatik and Black Bear, two companies we very much admire.”

Minghella had this to add:

Shell packs a wildly entertaining genre movie with iconic characters and universal themes that are bound to have people talking long after they leave the theater. I’m so thrilled to be bringing it to life with this extraordinary cast and the incredible support of Black Bear International, Love & Squalor and Automatik.”

Not for nothing, but very good things happen when Moss decides to dive into the world of horror. She was a big part of Jordan Peele’s Us, and that proved that Peele wasn’t a one-hit-wonder. Additionally, her work in The Invisible Man was downright Oscar-worthy, if only The Academy gave more respect to horror. This to say, there’s reason to keep this particular project on your radar.

Shell does not currently have a release date.

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