Toni Collette has optioned Graeme Simsion's The Best of Adam Sharp and will star in a film adaptation of the novel. Deadline reported that the project, "which is kind of a High Fidelity for 40-somethings, is one of the first that Collette has brought to her newly formed production company Vocab Films. Her producing partner is Jen Turner." Collette would play the lead female role, Angelina.
Simsion's book The Rosie Project "was snapped up by Tri-Star and has had some major talent circling it--at one point Ryan Reynolds and Jennifer Lawrence--and top directors as well," Deadline noted.
Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Robert Pugh and Rebecca Root have joined Keira Knightley and Dominic West for upcoming production Colette, which is set to begin shooting this week in the U.K., Hungary and France, Deadline reported. Directed by Wash Westmoreland (Still Alice), the project about the French novelist was written by Westmoreland and the late Richard Glatzer, with revisions by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Killer Films' Pamela Koffler, Number 9 Films' Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley produce with Killer Films' Christine Vachon and Bold Films' Michel Litvak and Gary Michael Walters.
"We're delighted to reunite Killer Films after the phenomenal global success of Patricia Highsmith's unofficial autobiography Carol, on another story of a female twentieth century literary icon, the fabulously talented Colette," said Karlsen. "Colette's struggles with finding her voice in an exciting turn of the century belle époque Paris, draws instant parallels with female artists today and is a tailor-made role for one of the world's leading actors, Keira Knightley."