The lead casting for Your Voice in My Head has come full circle. The adaptation of the Emma Forrest memoir was initially set to mark the next project for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates, and he quickly signed Emma Watson to star. The film offers up a meaty lead role as it chronicles Forrest’s troublesome and self-harming behavior, as well as her relationship with her psychiatrist. Yates subsequently dropped out of the project as a result of scheduling issues, and then Watson was replaced by Emily Blunt earlier this year.
Now it has been announced that Watson has rejoined the project in the lead role, with Francesca Gregorini (Tanner Hall) onboard to direct. Stanley Tucci was previously in talks for the coveted male lead, but it appears that he is no longer involved with the project. Production is now finally set to begin on November 4th with a script by Forrest. Hit the jump to read the press release.
EMMA WATSON TO STAR IN BENAROYA PICTURES ‘YOUR VOICE IN MY HEAD’
INTERNATIONAL FILM TRUST TO HANDLE FOREIGN RIGHTS
Los Angeles, CA (September 8, 2013) – Emma Watson (HARRY POTTER, BLING RING) will star in Francesca Gregorini’s ‘YOUR VOICE IN MY HEAD’, written by acclaimed novelist Emma Forrest and adapted from her NY Times Bestseller. The film will be produced by Academy Award nominee Alison Owen (SAVING MR. BANKS, JANE EYRE, ELIZABETH) and Michael Benaroya (LAWLESS, MARGIN CALL, KILL YOUR DARLINGS) for Benaroya Pictures. The announcement was made today by International Film Trust’s (IFT) President Ariel Veneziano who will handle all international rights to the film alongside IFT’s Head of Sales Christian de Gallegos.
CAA is representing the domestic sales rights on YOUR VOICE IN MY HEAD.
YOUR VOICE IN MY HEAD, whose script was awarded a position on the prestigious Black list, will start shooting on November 4, 2013 in New York and is based on Emma Forrest’s inspirational story of a young bipolar English woman living in New York and the heroic, selfless psychiatrist who saves her life while fighting for his own.
“We are incredibly excited to be working with Emma Forrest as she is one of the most sought after writers right now. Her story is intensely personal, with moments of humor just at the right time,” said producer and IFT co-founder Michael Benaroya.
“Starting her career so young and literally growing up in front of us, Emma Watson has established herself as a sophisticated and talented actress. She is perfect for this role.” said IFT President Ariel Veneziano.
In addition to the HARRY POTTER series, Emma Watson’s credits include the Oscar nominated MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, Stephen Chbosky’s film adaptation of THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, Sophia Coppola’s BLING RING and most recently a cameo in Seth Rogen’s THIS IS THE END. She will next be seen opposite Russell Crowe in Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic NOAH to be released in 2013 by Paramount.
Listed on Variety’s “Top Ten Screenwriters to Watch” in 2009, Emma Forrest is a British-American journalist, novelist and screenwriter who began her writing career at the age of fifteen when she wrote a story on Madonna for the London Evening Standard. Her novels include Namedropper (1998), Thin Skin (2002), Cherries in the Snow (2005). Her screenplays include BECOMING MUSIC about the life of the late musician Jeff Buckley and LIARS (AE).
Emerging director Francesca Gregorini co-wrote, with Tatiana von Furstenberg, her directorial debut TANNER HALL, a coming of age story starring Rooney Mara that debuted in official selection at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Her second film, Gregorini’s film EMANUEL AND THE TRUTH ABOUT FISHES, starring Jessica Biel, was selected for the US Dramatic Competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Tribeca Films.
Emma Watson is repped by WME and Markham Froggat Irwin in the UK. Francesca Gregorini is represented by CAA, The Schiff Company and Bloom Hergott. Emma Forrest is represented by CAA and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates in the UK.