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A mysterious young woman, Katie (Nicky Whelan), and her daughter move to a new town to escape her past and quickly befriends Angela Morgan (Gina Gershon), a mother of one who longs for a bigger family. As their lives become intricately entwined, Angela and her husband, Brian, (Nicolas Cage), invite Katie to live in their guest-house to serve as their nanny. Over time, the blossoming friendship between the two women spirals into a dangerous obsession as Katie becomes overly attached to the Morgans’ daughter. Enduring lies and manipulations, Angela and Brian realize that sweet Katie is actually trying to destroy their family from within.
Inconceivable is an 2017 American thriller film directed by Jonathan Baker and written by Chloe King. It stars Gina Gershon, Nicky Whelan, Nicolas Cage, Sienna Soho Baker, Natalie Eva Marie, Faye Dunaway, Jonathan Baker, Corrie Danieley, Burgess Byrd, Leah Huebner and James Van Patten. The film was released on June 30, 2017, by Lionsgate Premiere.
The project was unveiled during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival by Lindsay Lohan who said she would both produce and star in it. Producer and financier Randall Emmett said during a press conference announcing the project that audiences would be “really shocked when they see Lindsay take this role on”. Lohan, who was also looking for director, expressed interest in working with Jessica Lange and Juliette Lewis. In May 2015, Deadline reported that the film would mark Jonathan Baker’s directorial debut. Baker also signed a deal to co-produce the film through his newly formed production company, Baker’s Entertainment Group, with Emmett and his partner George Furla of Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films.
About the Story
While holding a crying baby, a woman fights with and kills a man, presumably her husband. Four years later, Angela (Gina Gershon) and Brian (Nicolas Cage) have a four-year-old daughter named Cora. The three are a happy, close family. Both are doctors, though Angela is on leave to be a full-time mom. A friend of Angela’s, Linda, introduces Angela to Katie. Katie’s four-year-old daughter Maddie hits it off with Cora. Katie says she left an abusive husband but does not elaborate. She also refuses to have her photo taken. Brian’s mother, Donna, (Faye Dunaway) dislikes Katie from the start and questions her background, sensing something is off about her.
Angela confides to Katie she had trouble conceiving so used an egg donor for Cora and is now pregnant again. Devastated after a miscarriage, she invites Katie to move into the guest house and be a part-time nanny while she recovers. One night, knowing Brian is watching, Katie steps naked into the pool. Brian becomes uncomfortable and leaves. Angela returns to work at the hospital part-time to give her more of a purpose, and Katie watches Cora.
Katie uses her free time in the house to go snoop through Angela and Brian’s belongings, envious of their family. Angela comes home after work one day and catches Katie having sex in the guest house with whom she thinks is Brian, but is actually a woman (later revealed to be Linda). After the initial embarrassment, Angela relaxes somewhat and trusts Katie more, not believing she would ever have any interest in Brian. Linda excitedly tells Katie that Angela is going to ask Linda to be their surrogate, but Katie can barely hide how it upsets her.
Apparently Angela has one embryo left from the same donor that Cora was conceived from, and she wants to use that so the two can be full siblings. Katie confides to Linda that she is the donor, and that her daughter Maddie was also hers but born from a mother in Maine. Katie abducted Maddie as a baby because “the mother didn’t take care of her” and now she worries that Cora is not getting enough attention either and wants to take her. She drowns Linda in a lake, and a couple later finds her body.
Four months later, Katie is carrying Angela and Brian’s baby (and unknown to them, her own baby). Donna asks Angela what Katie get out of it. Angela says Katie will be paid forty thousand dollars and that she does not expect anything else. It is revealed in a flashback that Katie, whose real name is Tara, can no longer have her own children. As Katie’s behavior gets stranger and more delusional – Angela catches Katie lying to a mother in a park about both girls being her twin daughters – Angela becomes more suspicious. Brian says everything will be fine when the baby comes, after which Katie will move on with her life.
A couple months later, Angela and Brian tell Katie they are getting a full-time nanny, and Katie angrily accuses them of wanting a complete stranger to raise their child. Brian defends her and says she just has different beliefs than them. It becomes clear that Angela and Brian are not as happy any more. Angela suspects Katie is planning to keep the baby and disappear, and accuses her of killing Linda because she wanted it for herself. Katie fakes early labor pains. Brian is furious with Angela and thinks she is taking meds and losing her mind.
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Directed by: Jonathan Baker
Starring: Gina Gershon, Nicky Whelan, Nicolas Cage, Sienna Soho Baker, Natalie Eva Marie, Faye Dunaway, Jonathan Baker, Corrie Danieley, Burgess Byrd, Leah Huebner, James Van Patten
Screenplay by: Chloe King
Production Design by: Niko Vilaivongs
Cinematography by: Brandon Cox
Film Editing by: Richard Byard
Costume Design by: Bonnie Stauch
Set Decoration by: Ráchel Lowery
Art Direction by: Aaron Bautista
Music by: Kevin Kiner
MPAA Rating: R for some violence, sexuality, nudity and language.
Distributed by: Lionsgate Premiere
Release Date: June 30, 2017