Shailene Woodley and Cara Delevingne have been cast in the biopic on celebrated author Patricia Highsmith, ‘The Murderous Miss Highsmith.’

The film will reimagine the author’s life as a horror movie, focusing on the formative period just before she wrote her most celebrated work, ‘The Talented Mr Ripley,’ which was partly inspired by her doomed relationships with two women.

Woodley takes on the role of Highsmith, the film will aim to reveal her fascination for gruesome murders, exploring how her tumultuous love life influenced her persona. Delevingne and ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ breakout Noémie Merlant will both face off against Woodley as her companions.

Alexandra Pechman is aboard to take the helm, marking her first feature. Christine Vachon and Gabriel Mayers are producing at Killer Films. Filming is due to take place in Italy this Autumn, with ‘Dead Ringers’ cinematographer Laura Merians Goncalves attached.

Highsmith is best known for her psychological thrillers including the Ripley novels, ‘Strangers On A Train’ and ‘The Price Of Salt,’ which became ‘Carol’ on screen. Her work has been adapted dozens of times for screen.