A classic piece of literature is hitting the big screen with a twist, as it was announced last week that musician turned filmmaker St. Vincent would be adapting The Picture of Dorian Gray. This famous book by Oscar Wilde follows Dorian Gray as he discovers that time and his immoral deeds do not affect him, but rather his portrait. So, what’s the big twist? Well, Dorian will be a woman this time around.
Not much has been revealed about the remake other than the gender swap, though it is worth noting that this is not St. Vincent’s, aka Annie Clark’s, first foray into the world of film. St. Vincent debuted in the world of cinema with a segment in XX, a female-focused horror film featuring multiple stories. She will be joined by screenwriter David Birke on the project. No lead has been cast yet.
This isn’t the first time a woman has filled the immortal shoes of Dorian Gray, including an adaptation in 1983, which featured a magical audition tape instead of an actual portrait. The most recent movie adaptation of the story featured Ben Barnes in the role of Dorian and Colin Firth in the role of Sir Henry. Dorian Gray was also featured in the hit Showtime series, Penny Dreadful, portrayed by Reeve Carney.
“I like when things come out of nowhere and blindside you a little bit,” St. Vincent has said in the past about her musical style. “I think any person who gets panic attacks or has an anxiety disorder can understand how things can all of a sudden turn very quickly. I think I'm sublimating that into the music.” The Grammy winner also credits David Bowie and Kate Bush as inspirations, saying she listens to one Bowie song every day.