Emma Watson is eyeing a leading role in a 20th Century Fox adaptation of Adena Halpern’s novel “29,” Deadline reports. The plan is for Watson to headline the film version, which will be titled While We’re Young, with Stephen Chobsky directing. The pair recently worked together on another book-to-screen project, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Published in 2010, the original novel is officially described as follows:
What if you closed your eyes, blew out the candles and your wish came true?
Ellie Jerome is a young-at-heart 75-year old who relates more to her 25-year old granddaughter Lucy than to her 55-year old daughter Barbara. Ellies done everything she can to stay young, and the last thing she wants is to celebrate another birthday. So when she finds herself confronted with a cake full of candles, Ellie wishes more than anything that she could be twenty-nine again, just for one day. But who expects a wish like that to come true?
Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, best known for (500) Days of Summer and The Spectacular Now, are adapting the screenplay.
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