In the Oscar Wilde adaptation “Importance,” Sienna Miller plays a 19-year-old American who finds herself falling in love with the womanizing Lord Illingworth (Sean Bean) in the English countryside until his mother (Annette Bening) throws a wrench in his plans. Bruce Beresford is directing Howard Himelstein’s screen version of Wilde’s comedy, set to begin shooting in September.
In “Cry of the Owl,” an adaptation of the novel by Patricia Highsmith (“The Talented Mr. Ripley”), Sarah Polley plays a woman who falls for her stalker (Paddy Considine). Things take an ugly turn when her jilted ex (Scott Speedman) plans revenge. Debra Messing plays the ex-wife of Speedman’s character in Jamie Thraves’ upcoming thriller.
“Bullets,” loosely based on a true story, features Lena Headey as the good-hearted girlfriend of a thief (Josh Lucas) who plans a heist at New York’s Pierre Hotel in 1971. Tim Roth and Dermot Mulroney play his accomplices in director Stephen Kay’s crime thriller, written by Christian Darren and Kay. The film begins production in September in New York and New Jersey.