Michael Shannon is one of my favorite actors working today, and he's set to star in a psychological horror thriller called The Harvest. He will star alongside Samantha Morton (John Carter, Minority Report) in the film that is being directed by Wild Things director John McNaughton. This will actually be McNaughton's first film project in 11 years!
Morton and Shannon will play a married couple in the movie with "medical backgrounds and a sick son (Charlie Tahan) who lives secluded in a controlled environment until a young girl (Natasha Calis) moves in next door and gives him hope of a better life. As the teens grow closer, the tight-knit world his over-protective mother has created begins to unravel."
There's still a lot left to the imagination but it sounds like it could be solid horror flick. The fact that Shannon is on board to star in it says a lot. McNaughton, who started his career directing the film Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, had this to say in a statement,
This is the first horror script I've been interested in in 25 years, so it's kind of cool to return to the genre. I got the script a few years ago and loved the story, which is dark and has a great twist. It's like a cross between 'Hansel and Gretel' and 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
Shannon is an incredible actor and very intense in everything he does. He won an Oscar for his role in Revolutionary Road, should have won an Oscar for the character he played in Take Shelter, has a great role in HBO's Boardwalk Empire, and will be seen in the upcoming films Man of Steel and the hitman drama The Iceman.