The Vow director Michael Sucsy is now set to helm Fox 2000's adaptation of Megan Abbott's novel Dare Me and Deadline is reporting that the studio is courting Natalie Portman to headline. The book, published last year, is officially described as follows:
Addy Hanlon and Beth Cassidy are the varsity cheerleaders all the other girls fear and admire, the unchallenged rulers of their high school kingdom. But everything changes when the new coach arrives. Cool and commanding, Coach French seems perfect in every way, a charismatic presence who overturns the girls' established pecking order and still manages to gain their fierce allegiance in the process.
Then a shocking event upends their fragile peace, and a police investigation begins circling in on the coach and her squad. As the girls's season moves towards its highly anticipated finale, Addy and Beth are forced to ask where their loyalties lie as they stakes grow higher, and more dangerous.
Portman last appeared on the big screen as Jane Foster in Marvel Studio's Thor. She'll reprise the role in the upcoming Thor: The Dark World and will soon thereafter appear in Terence Malick's Knight of Cups and Gavin O'Connor's Jane Got a Gun.
Abbott herself is adapting the screenplay for Dare Me and Karen Rosenfelt is attached to produce.