Academy Award-nominated actress Kirsten Dunst is set to make her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s THE BELL JAR. Dakota Fanning will take on the lead role of Esther Greenwood.
The novel is the only one from writer Sylvia Plath and is a semi-autobiographical story, published in 1963. It follows Esther Greenwood, who takes an internship at a magazine in New York City in the 1950s. After she returns home to Boston, she suffers from mental illness.
The book was previously adapted into a movie in 1979 starring Marilyn Hasset and Priority Pictures optioned the remake rights from Studio Canal. Priority’s Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder, and Greg Little produce with Echo Lake’s Brittany Kahan. Celine Rattray will executive produce.
Dunst has previously directed the short films Welcome and Bastard. She most recently starred in Fargo, which landed her an Emmy nomination, and the Jeff Nichols drama Midnight Special. One her most well known performances, starring in The Virgin Suicides, deals with similar situations as The Bell Jar, though from a different perspective. The two books they are based on are often compared with one another in how they depict depression.
Fanning will next be seen in Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral.
Emily J | Staff Writer