Evanna Lynch to Star in Black Comedy Film “Influenced!”

Harry Potter‘s Evanna Lynch is set to star in an upcoming black comedy film called Influenced!, which has been inspired by Oscar Wilde’s 1891 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray

Lynch will play the lead protagonist, a makeup sales assistant called Dora, who becomes one of the biggest influencers in the world, but in pursuit of her fame, Dora’s social media becomes increasingly distorted.

Since being in the Harry Potter films, Evanna has become an activist for animal rights, which has involved her joining a PETA lawsuit against owl experimentation, going undercover at a chicken factory farm to raise awareness for animal welfare, and opening up about her veganism journey.

She has also written her own book, The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting, a memoir that shares her experiences with childhood anorexia, her struggle growing up in the public eye, and overcoming self-hate and a desire for perfection – something that Influenced! addresses.

Lynch has discussed her excitement at being given the opportunity to play Dora. 

Nick [Wild] has written a hilarious script that vividly illustrates the slow mental and moral degradation that befalls a person who loses sight of the line between reality and a filtered imaginary life. With the algorithm always ten steps ahead, intuiting our next thought, ‘Influenced!’ is the story of an everyday trap that none of us can seem to avoid. I’m so excited to be playing Dora and to help bring this dark, interesting and ominous story to life.

Influenced! is going to be filmed in the first quarter of 2024 and will be written and directed by Nick Wild (Talking With Angels, The Banishing, and MyBad!) and produced by Djonny Chen (No Mercy, Before Night Falls, A Long Way to Come Home) and Lamia Nayeb St Hilaire (9 Dead Gay Guys, Punch).

Wild has also discussed his upcoming project.

Developing this project has been a passion project of mine for the last few years and we are really excited to be working with Evanna to deliver a contemporary spin on this classic story. Oscar Wilde’s themes of identity and self-image are still so relevant and, if anything, have been amplified by the current cultural obsession to show our validation and worth by how many followers you have and the face-filtered Instagram posts of your #bestlife.

We have yet to find out who else is in the cast of Influenced! as well as a release date, but we can’t wait to see Evanna take on this exciting role.

Grace Hurley

I'm an animal-loving Ravenclaw with a Masters Degree in Writing and a passion for the Harry Potter universe since the age of five.