Helen Mirren Set to Star in the Supernatural Winchester Mansion Horror Thriller
Helen Mirren is set to star in the supernatural horror thriller Winchester. The film is set at the famous haunted Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA, and Mirren will play Sarah Winchester, the multimillionaire heiress to the Winchester Arms fortune.
After Winchester’s husband and child suddenly died, Sarah was convinced that she had been cursed by the gun that her husband had invented and that the ghosts of the people killed by the Winchester guns haunted her. To appease the spirits, a medium sent Sarah to San Jose in 1884, and she began an insane 38 year, 24/7 construction project to build a 24,000-square foot, 160-room Gothic mansion. The mansion has become a popular tourist attraction as it is known for its many staircases and corridors leading nowhere.
The movie is being written and directed by Daybreakers helmers Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig. They will start shooting the film next year on location at the actual Winchester Mansion where all of this insanity went down.
Mirren is a hell of a great actress, and it’s awesome that they were able to get her to sign on for the lead role. That alone tells us that this project is shaping up to be a strong film. I’ve been fascinated by the history of this house since I first heard about and have even gone to it a couple of times to take the tour. It’s always a blast and I can’t wait to see how this movie turns out.