Olympia Dukakis to Star in Stephen King’s ‘Big Driver’

olympia-dukakisAcademy Award winner Olympia Dukakis is on-board for a book-to-TV adaptation of the Stephen King novel, “Big Driver.”

Dukakis, 83, will play the role of Doreen in the upcoming film, which is set to go into production this summer and air on Lifetime television in the fall.

The story centers on Tess Thorne (Maria Bello), a famous and revered mystery and thriller writer. Prompted to take a shortcut home to avoid a long drive following a book signing engagement, Tess sets out to return to her house. While driving on a lonely stretch of New England road, her tire blows out, leaving her stranded. Relieved when another driver stops and offers assistance, Tess quickly discovers her savior is actually her assailant, a serial killer who repeatedly assaults her. Left for dead in a drainage pipe to rot with the bodies of his other victims, Tess escapes and makes her way safely home. Determined to find her rapist and seek revenge, payback is the only thing holding her together.

“Big Driver” was first published as a novella within King’s critically-acclaimed collection “Full Dark, No Stars.”