Rachel Weisz Will Star and Produce Film Adaptation of ‘Lanny’

Hot off of her second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, Rachel Weisz is clearly on the hunt for more quality roles. “The Favourite” was one of her best showcases in years, so all eyes are on the projects she chooses to pursue next. Today we got an idea of what one of those might be, and it’s a juicy sounding one.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rachel is set to produce and star in an adaptation of the novel “Lanny.” Written by Max Porter, the book has yet to hit shelves but obviously spoke deeply to the actress. She’s optioned the novel and will produce it with Tristan Goligher.

This is how the book is portrayed in the piece:

Described by The Sunday Times as a “remarkable feat of literary virtuosity,” Lanny — which has sold in 20 territories — tells the story of its eponymous lead and his family, recently moved to an English commuter village.

Located just outside of London, this village belongs to the people who live in it, and to those who lived in it hundreds of years ago. It belongs to England’s mysterious past, and its confounding present. It belongs to Mad Pete, the grizzled artist. To ancient Peggy, gossiping at her gate. To families dead for generations, and to those who have recently moved there. But it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort, who has woken from his slumber in the woods. Dead Papa Toothwort, who is listening to them all.

“Lanny” sounds like it could be a project that becomes a big deal in an upcoming awards season. If so, look for Weisz to potentially finally crack the Best Actress lineup.

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