Ellen Page (‘Into The Forest,’ ‘Freeheld’) has signed to star in psychological horror film ‘The Third Wave,’ with Irish filmmaker David Freyne attached to direct from his own screenplay.

Co-starring rising Irish star Sam Keeley (‘Burnt,’ ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’), ‘The Third Wave’ is set in the aftermath of a devastating virus that has gripped Europe for six years, turning those infected into zombie-like monsters. As mankind struggled to control the pandemic, the great hope of a cure was found. As the veil of darkness lifts, an unforeseen enemy surfaces in its wake: the past. The cured are haunted with the memories of their actions while infected.

The dream of reintegration has failed with a two-tiered society emerging. Many cured are shunned by their remaining families, while others hold a deep bitterness over the controls placed on them. Mixed feelings of fear, guilt and anger, as well as the government’s decision to eliminate ‘the resistant’ leads to the rise of a terrorist movement— plunging the country into chaos again…The Cure is just the Beginning.

In addition to starring, Page will produce the film with Tilted Pictures’ Rachael O’Kane and Rory Dungan. Mark Huffam and Aidan Elliott of Bounder & Cad, and Bac Film’s Mathieu Robinet and David Grumbach will co-produce. The Irish Film Board and Bac Films will finance.

”The Third Wave brings an entire new perspective to the zombie genre, which I love,” said Page. “David Freyne truly shifts his lens on society’s role in the apocalyptic world. I’m so grateful for this opportunity to share his thoughtful approach to horror with audiences.”

“Ellen Page is simply one of the best actors of her generation and we cannot wait to collaborate with her in bringing this truly original and exciting genre film to life,” said Tilted’s Rory Dungan.

Filming will commence on location in Ireland later this year.