Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising) will star in the film adaptation of Caitlin Moran's novel How to Build a Girl, which was recently chosen for Emma Watson's feminist book club, Our Shared Shelf. Deadline reported that the "comedic coming-of-age story from U.K. producer Monumental Pictures will start shooting on location in the U.K. from July. Director Coky Giedroyc, whose TV credits include episodes of The Killing and BBC drama The Hour, will helm the feature from the screenplay by U.K. broadcaster and author Moran." The producers describe the lead character as "one of the great female literary icons on a par with Elizabeth Bennet and Bridget Jones."
"We could not be more excited for Johanna Morrigan to burst onto the big screen," said Alison Owen (Suffragette), who is producing with Debra Hayward (Les Miserables). "We searched high and low for a girl who could match the boundless wit, sparkle and big heart of Caitlin's super-heroine and feel incredibly lucky to have found her in the effervescent Beanie Feldstein."
"How to Build a Girl will be outrageously funny and utterly affecting, even heart-breaking," added Hayward. "With Coky Giedroyc at the helm of Caitlin's swashbuckling script, we are blessed to have a director who can deliver all this in spades."