Kristen Stewart and Chloë Sevigny co-star in the new film Lizzie, based on the true story of Lizzie Borden. Does the name ring a bell? Do you know the story of a certain alleged ax-murdering young woman who had a secret? Not many people talk about the fact that sexual orientation and 19th-century homophobia may have fueled a double murder. Hopefully, the new film will fo a better job than previous versions of exploring the lesbian side of this story, which is usually omitted.
Here’s what we know about the film so far.
Chloë Sevigny (Boys Don’t Cry, “Big Love”) stars as Lizzie Borden, and K-Stew is playing housemaid Bridget Sullivan, with whom Borden shared an intense lesbian romance that shocked the family and lead to a still unsolved American murder story.
In 1892, Lizzie Borden, a seemingly proper young lady from an upstanding Massachusetts family, was accused of brutally murdering her father and stepmother. Although she was tried and acquitted by an all-male jury, no other suspect was ever located. More than a century later, the crime continues to fascinate, puzzle and repulse. Did Lizzie really kill her parents? If so, what drove her to commit such an unthinkable act? And if she didn’t, who did? The film delves deep into the circumstances surrounding the notorious unsolved murders, as Lizzie and her housemaid Bridget Sullivan inch their way into a forbidden romance that shocks the family and sparks an unthinkable act of violence. The film explodes some of the many myths that have grown up around Borden in a compelling snapshot of two passionate and unconventional women trapped in the constrained life of 19th -century New England.
Watch the trailer:
Intrigued? We certainly are. And it’s a timely announcement, because tomorrow marks the 126th year anniversary of the infamous 1892 ax murder. The movie will be out in theatres September 14th.