Nicolas Winding Refn on Drive set

Nicolas Winding Refn‘s female-led horror film The Neon Demon has found a new star in Abbey Lee, who’ll join previously cast lead Elle Fanning. That’s the pretty good news. The really great news is that with her comes a host of new details about the mysterious project. To sum up, this film sounds bonkers in a good way.

Get the latest Neon Demon plot details after the jump.

Deadline got the scoop on Lee’s casting, and they also got to reveal some verrrry interesting details about her character Sarah. Since it’s unclear how exactly these plot points fit into the movie, it’s also unclear if they’re big spoilers or just minor details. Consider yourself warned.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here’s how the trade describes Lee’s Sarah:

In Neon Demon, she plays a cool ringleader that other girls want to follow. Envious, emotionally unstable and a tad delusional, she shows her true maniacal colors in the end. After first creeping Jesse out by sucking the blood out of her wound, she ends up killing and later eating Jesse to absorb her virginal youth and beauty.

Fanning will be playing “an aspiring model who is caught in a world of beauty and demise.” Her character’s name was not given, and we don’t know if she’s Jesse.

Refn scripted Neon Demon with Mary Laws. He’s been rather vague about the plot so far, but here’s what he had to say about it last year:

One morning I woke and realized I was both surrounded and dominated by women. Strangely, a sudden urge was planted in me to make a horror film about vicious beauty. After making Drive and falling madly in love with the electricity of Los Angeles, I knew I had to return to tell the story of The Neon Demon. This movie is a manifestation of the strong ties between us and will lead to many more adventures.

Now we have a much better idea of what exactly he means by “vicious beauty.”

Lee is an Australian supermodel-turned-actress who makes her film debut this year in Ruben Guthrie, Brendan Cowell’s adaptation of his own play. She’ll also be seen this summer in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road and next spring in Alex Proyas’ Gods of Egypt.

Refn is coming off of the indie drama Only God Forgives, which reunited him with Drive star Ryan Gosling. The Neon Demon shoots this spring in Los Angeles. No release date has been set.

The Neon Demon

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