Julia Stiles will produce and star in The Bell Jar, the semi-autobiographical novel by the late poet Sylvia Plath, for New York company Plum Pictures.
Variety says playwright and screenwriter Tristine Skyler will adapt.
The Bell Jar tells the story of Esther Greenwood, a young reporter who seeks to make a name for herself in New York but spirals into depression and moves back to Boston. She eventually undergoes electroshock therapy and makes several attempts to take her own life.
The novel is regarded as a veiled account of Plath’s own life. Stiles will play Greenwood; no other cast has yet been attached. Plum hopes to go into production early next year.