Anne Hathaway "is in negotiations to star in Mudbound director Dee Rees' political thriller, The Last Thing He Wanted," Deadline reported. Based on the 1996 novel by Joan Didion, the project will be produced by Elevated's Cassian Elwes, who optioned the book to develop in partnership with Rees following their collaboration on Mudbound. The film is currently in pre-production.
Deadline noted that Marco Villalobos "wrote the transfer which will see Hathaway as a woman alone and unrelenting in a race against time. At the tipping point of the Iran Contra affair's arms-for-drugs plot, hardscrabble journalist Elena McMahon finds herself on dangerous ground when she abandons coverage of the 1984 presidential campaign to fulfill her bed-ridden father's last wish."