Julia Roberts is on board to star in and produce “Fool Me Once,” the screen adaptation of Harlan Coben’s newly released thriller. Roberts will produce with her Red Om Films partners Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill.
The book was just published last week under Penguin’s Dutton imprint. Coben is the writer of eight consecutive bestsellers, several of which are in development for films or TV series.
Per Amazon, the story centers on former special ops pilot Maya (Roberts), home from the war, who sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who had been brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband—and herself.
Roberts, a four-time Oscar nominee and one-time winner for “Erin Brockovich,” was most recently seen in films such as “Mirror, Mirror,” “August: Osage County,” and “Secret in Their Eyes.” She will appear next in Garry Marshall’s “Mother’s Day” ensemble comedy film alongside Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis, Timothy Olyphant and more. She will also star in Jodie Foster’s “Money Monster” alongside George Clooney in May.
“Fool Me Once” is currently seeking a director and writer. No word yet on a start date for the film.