Helen Mirren to star in supernatural flick Winchester

Helen Mirren is wrapping up a deal to play Sarah Winchester, the conflicted multimillionaire heiress to the Winchester Arms fortune in Winchester. 

The supernatural thriller will be directed by Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig (Daybreakers) from a script they added to after Tom Vaughn’s first draft.

The film is based on the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA. Winchester’s husband and child died suddenly, and she became convinced she had been cursed by the legal legacy of the “gun that won the West.”

A medium sent her to San Jose in 1884 to begin a massive 38-year 24/7 construction of a 24,000-square foot, 160-room Gothic mansion. As a result it has earned a spot on Time’s “Most Haunted Places in the World.”

Production begins early next year.