English thespian Emma Thompson is currently in talks to star in THE CHILDREN ACT from director Richard Eyre. The film is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Ian McEwan. It would reunite Thompson with her Love Actually and My Fair Lady producer Duncan Kenworthy.
The story follows Fiona Maye, a High Court Judge who specializes in Family Law, while struggling with her own personal issues, such as the regret of a childless life and her husband having an affair. Over the course of the novel, Maye has to contend with the case of a 17 year-old boy who has leukemia and does not want to be forced to have a life-saving procedure as it goes against his religion.
The film is in production at Kenworthy’s Toledo Pictures.
Eyre is the director behind films like Notes on a Scandal and The Other Man. He also executive produced Atonement, which is another film adaptation of a McEwan novel and was directed by Joe Wright.
Thompson is an Oscar-winner actor and screenwriter. Most recently, she appeared in the films Barney Thomson and Burnt. She will next be seen in Bridget Jones’s Baby and next year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast. She is also currently writing a new adaptation of My Fair Lady. In 1993 she won an Academy Award for Best Actress in Howards End and in 1996 she won another Academy Award for Best Screenplay (Adapted) for Sense and Sensibility.
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This news was first reported by Deadline.