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Shelley Duvall is making a comeback as a scream queen in a new horror film

Shelley Duvall is making a comeback as a scream queen in a new horror film

Shelley Duvall returns: ‘The Shining’ scream queen books first acting gig in 20 years

Shelley Duvall returns: ‘The Shining’ scream queen books first acting gig in 20 years

With her new film, Duvall will take center stage at the Cannes Film Festival

Shelley Duvall is making a comeback, this time as a scream queen. The actress, who is best known for playing the role of Shirley in the 1981 cult horror hit The Shining, is taking center stage Sunday at the Cannes Film Festival for her first-ever live-action acting role in a horror film — The Devil’s Rejects, an adaptation of the Stephen King novella.

In the new project, adapted from Stephen King’s novella written from his novel of the same name, Duvall will play Laura, a young woman who lives with her younger sister and mother. There are signs that Laura may be in danger. She was found to be pregnant at just 13 years old and, just like her sister, also has the ability to see demons and hear the voices of those who have died. But as her family becomes more concerned, Laura’s mother tells her that Laura is a witch.

Duvall will take a starring role in the film, as well as being a director of the new project. “It’s a very, very unique experience for Shelley to be able to come back and play this role,” says co-producer and co-screenwriter Adam Cozad. “In our script, Shelley is the main character. She’s the person who will make the movie, and the movie will make her.”

The Devil’s Rejects will be Duvall’s first motion picture role since her 1980 film, Hellzapoppin, in which she played the title role. The film was based on the short story “The Woman Who Never Died” by Stephen King and was directed by Duvall’s husband, Bill Duke. She won best supporting actress and was nominated for an Oscar for her work on Hellzapoppin.

“I just thought it would be a great idea to get Shelley back into a movie with her iconic character,” says Cozad.

In the film, Laura’s family thinks she has gone crazy.

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