Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette and The Diary of a Teenage Girl breakout star Bel Powley are set for Kirsten Dunst’s movie adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s THE BELL JAR. The two will join previously announced cast members, Dakota Fanning and Jesse Plemons as well as Stacy Martin.
The novel, which is the only one from writer Sylvia Plath, was published in 1963 and is a semi-autobiographical story that follows Esther Greenwood (Fanning), 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.
Pictures’ Lizzie Friedman, Karen Lauder, and Greg Little will produce alongside Fanning and Echo Lake Entertainment’s Brittany Kahan. Celine Rattray and Dunst are executive producing. Dunst will direct from her own script. The film will mark her feature directorial debut.
Arquette won an Oscar for her role in Richard Linklater’s critically acclaimed Boyhood. She is currently filming the comedy Permanent starring Rainn Wilson.
Powley recently appeared in Drake Doremus’ sci-fi romance Equals. She also stars in the dramedy Carrie Pilby, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer