Oscar-winner Charlize Theron will star in BATTLE IN SEATTLE, the directorial debut of her boyfriend, actor Stuart Townsend. The film is set during the 1999 World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in Seattle, Washington. At the meeting an eclectic group of demonstrators, including environmental activists, doctors, anarchists, attorneys, eco-terrorists and regular citizens bring the city to a state of near-chaos and chase the WTO out of town. Stuart has also written the screenplay for the film.