Annie Clark, better known by her stage name as singer-songwriter St. Vincent, is set to take the director’s chair for an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray.’

Wilde’s first and only novel, the book tells the story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty. As Dorian Gray descends into a life of crime and gross sensuality, his body retains perfect youth and vigour while his recently painted portrait grows day by day into a hideous record of evil, which he must keep hidden from the world.

Screenwriter David Birke (‘Slender Man,’ ‘Elle’) is on board to shape the script for what Variety is hears focuses on a female protagonist.

‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ will be Clark’s second directorial outing, having made her debut with ‘The Birthday Party.’ The short, starring Melanie Lynskey, was part of the female-driven horror anthology ‘XX.’