Lena Headey Set to Star in Short Film ‘Long Pork’ About Revenge and Abortion (EXCLUSIVE)
“Game of Thrones” star Lena Headey has taken the lead in “Long Pork,” a short thriller from Madhouse Films set in a post-Roe v Wade America.
Marking the directorial feature debut of Iris Dukatt, “Long Pork” sees Headey play Lily Williams, a chef at a renowned steakhouse whose daughter has died under forced birth laws. When the judge responsible for denying her daughter’s request to have an abortion makes a booking at the steakhouse, Lily embarks on exacting a bloody revenge.
Joining Headey in the pic is “Ozark” star Marc Menchaca, who will play Judge Philip Anderson. Catherine Curtin, Lorna Courtney, Zoe Cipres, and TL Thomspon also star.
Dukatt wrote the screenplay. Madhouse Films’ Katherine Romans and Charlie Sarah Traisman produce alongside Elizabeth Valenti.
Romans and Traisman founded Madhouse Films in 2022 with the aim of centering marginalized voices. The company’s first short, “See This,” is set to premiere on the 2024 festival circuit. Starring Rachel Hilson (“This is Us”), it’s inspired by Alexi McCammond, the former Teen Vogue editor who was forced to resign after historic but problematic social media posts she had published resurfaced.
“At Madhouse, we seek bold stories,” said Romans and Traisman. “’Long Pork’ captivated us with Dukatt’s unapologetic take on rage and resistance in post-Roe America. This story serves as an anthem for those most affected by anti-choice legislation, by offering new avenues for emotional catharsis. Dukatt’s distinctive imagination, coupled with Headey’s commanding and magnetic presence, promises an indelible impact that will resonate long after the final scene.”
Headey rose to fame playing the formidable Cersei Lannister in “Game of Thrones.” She most recently starred as Dorothy Hunt alongside Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux in HBO limited series “Whitehouse Plumbers” and can currently be seen in MGM+ sci-fi show “Beacon 23.”