Jeff Bridges to Headline The Emperor’s Children


Jeff Bridges Lake Bell

Jeff Bridges has lined up a new project today as The Hollywood Reporter brings word that the Seventh Son star is set to headline The Emperor’s Children which, as announced last year, is set to be helmed by actress-turned-director Lake Bell. The film, based on the novel by Claire Messud, has been adapted for the screen by Noah Baumbach (Kicking and Screaming, Frances Ha), who was previously planning to helm.

Messud’s novel, published in 2006, is officially described as follow:

“The Emperor’s Children” is a dazzling, masterful novel about the intersections in the lives of three friends, now on the cusp of their thirties, making their way-and not-in New York City.

There is beautiful, sophisticated Marina Thwaite-an “It” girl finishing her first book; the daughter of Murray Thwaite, celebrated intellectual and journalist-and her two closest friends from Brown, Danielle, a quietly appealing television producer, and Julius, a cash-strapped freelance critic. The delicious complications that arise among them become dangerous when Murray’s nephew, Frederick “Bootie” Tubb, an idealistic college dropout determined to make his mark, comes to town. As the skies darken, it is Bootie’s unexpected decisions-and their stunning, heartbreaking outcome-that will change each of their lives forever.

Bridges, currently in theaters in the fantasy adventure Seventh Son, will play the Murray Thwaite role.

Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins will produce with Anna Culp executive producing.

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