Academy Award winner Charlize Theron will dive into the world of the CIA and espionage in the forthcoming adaptation of the unpublished novel NEED TO KNOW, the Tracking Board has confirmed. Universal recently acquired the rights to the book by Karen Cleveland, who worked as an analyst for the CIA.
Paralleling Cleveland’s life, the story follows a young wife and mother who works as an analyst at the CIA. One morning while digitally searching files in hopes of unmasking a Russian sleeper cell in the US, she makes a shocking discovery that threatens her job, her family, and her life.
Beth Kino and AJ Dix have signed on to produce alongside Theron under their Denver & Delilah Films banner. Universal’s Senior Vice President of Production Kristin Lowe is set to oversee the project.
Theron can be seen in the next installment of the cars-driving-as-fast-as-they-can-and-doing-ridiculous-things franchise The Fate of the Furious. She is also producing and starring in another spy-centric project The Coldest City opposite James McAvoy, which is slated for release later this year.
Theron is repped by WME.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer