Shailene Woodley in Big Little Lies

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"Big Little Liars" star Shailene Woodley is headed back to the big screen.

Woodley will star in the upcoming thriller "Misanthrope," Variety reports. The story centers on a serial killer and comes from writers Damián Szifron and Jonathan Wakeham. Szifron is set to direct the project, which Woodley highlighted as one of the aspects that drew her to it.

"Screenplays like 'Misanthrope,' that are this well executed both in theme and tone, are rare to come by with a director like Damian behind the wheel," Woodley said, per Variety. "I have complete trust we will create something that will have a profound impact on cinema and will resonate with audiences, especially given the times we are living in right now."

The plot revolves around the hunt for a serial killer. A talented but troubled cop is recruited by the FBI to help with profiling and finding the person behind the murders. So far, character details haven't been revealed and casting is still underway.

Woodley stars in HBO's "Big Little Lies," which returns for its second season in June. Her most recent film, "Adrift," was released in 2018, and prior to that, she starred in "Snowden" and the Divergent series. The actress will next be seen in the film "No No No, Yes," which is expected to debut in 2019.

Woodley joins FilmNation's Aaron Ryder and Stuart Manashil as a "Misanthrope" producer. FilmNation is financing the project and handling worldwide sales. The film will be presented to buyers at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and is expected to start shooting in Atlanta later this year.

[via: Variety]