Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok, Creed) is set to star in an upcoming psychological fencing thriller titled Balestra. She will star alongside Marwan Kenzari (Aladdin) in the film, which is being directed by Nicole Dorsey (Black Conflux).
Balestra follows “disgraced competitive fencer Joanna Bathory (Thompson), who is desperately hoping for an Olympic comeback. Pressured by her husband and coach Rafe, she receives a prototype device allowing her to extend her training into her sleeping hours. By day she’s on the piste, and by night she’s lucid dreaming. But reality begins to blur when she encounters a stranger named Elliot (Kenzari) and gets caught in her own web of subconscious desires and unfulfilling reality.”
When I heard “psychological fencing thriller” I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I like this concept and it sounds like it will make for an incredibly interesting film.
Tessa Thompson said in a statement:
“Like the sport that Balestra explores, the conception of this piece is sharp and riveting – its is a fascinating look at the price of winning, and what trouble dreams can become when our sense of self worth, reality and identity are tethered too tightly to them. To embark on this journey, both in front of the lens and behind it, with Nicole Dorsey and this phenomenal team is a dream to me – a most beautiful one.”
“To be working alongside the incredibly gifted and perceptive Tessa Thompson on this psychological thriller, ripe with themes of obsession, desire, prestige and fluctuating realities is quite literally a director’s filmic dream.”
The movie was written by Imran Zaidi based on an original story by Aron Eli Coleite. Does this sound like a story you’d be interested in seeing play out on the big screen?