The Favourite actress is on board to star in and produce Lanny.
The thriller is an adaptation of Max Porter’s novel of the same name. The novel, which was optioned by Rachel Weisz, it the follow-up to the author’s Grief Is A Thing With Wings.
The book, which was published this month, was optioned by the Oscar-winning actress alongside The Bureau and BBC Films. It tells the story of a boy who goes missing from a village outside of London.
Per the book’s blurb: “There’s a village sixty miles outside London. It’s no different from many other villages in England: one pub, one church, red-brick cottages, council cottages and a few bigger houses dotted about… This village belongs to the people who live in it and to the people who lived in it hundreds of years ago… But it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort, a figure schoolchildren used to draw green and leafy, choked by tendrils growing out of his mouth. Dead Papa Toothwort is awake. He is listening to this twenty-first-century village, to his English symphony. He is listening, intently, for a mischievous, enchanting boy whose parents have recently made the village their home. Lanny.
“With such a peerless combination of talent involved this was an easy decision to make,” said agent Lesley Thorne at Aitken Alexander Associates. “We can’t wait to see how they realize Max’s unique storytelling onscreen.”