Underrated actress Jena Malone (Sucker Punch) is set to play southern author Carson McCullers in the biopic Lonely Hunter. Written, produced, and directed by Deborah Kampmeier, the film will span 35 years of McCullers’ life and show how her writing helped her cope with crippling illness and torrid marriages. Lonely Hunter will also “feature notable figures including her best friend Tennessee Williams, her protégé Truman Capote, her roommate Gypsy Rose Lee and collaborator Ethel Waters,” so start your fan-casting! This all sounds well and good, but I hope there’s a moment where McCullers looks directly into the camera and apologizes for the god-awful The Member of the Wedding. If you’re thirteen and want to kill your love of reading for a solid year, pick up that novel.
Hit the jump for the full press release. Malone’s other upcoming films include the love story Jack and Diane with Juno Temple, the indie drama For Ellen with Paul Dano, and The Wait with Chloe Sevigny. Filming on Lonely Hunter is set to begin in spring 2012.