Julia Roberts to Play Joan Root

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Julia Roberts is reteaming with Working Title Films to produce and star in a movie about the wildlife conservationist Joan Root, who was murdered in her Kenyan home earlier this year, reports Variety.

The untitled project, inspired by Vanity Fair article “A Flowering Evil,” will follow Root’s earlier life making documentaries around the globe with her husband. After their divorce, she returned to Kenya where she devoted herself to saving Lake Naivasha from the ecologically damaging flower farm industry.

David Magee (Finding Neverland) is writing the screenplay. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce with Roberts via her Red Om. Roberts previously starred in WT’s biggest box office hit, Notting Hill.

The Joan Root movie is one of four projects being prepped to shoot early in ’08. Comedy maestro Richard Curtis will return next year with his second directorial outing, The Boat That Rocked; Paul Greengrass is gearing up his Iraq drama Imperial Life in the Emerald City; and the Coen brothers will shoot A Serious Man.

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