Harry Styles and Lily James are in negotiations to star in an untitled adaptation of “My Policeman,” a novel which Amazon Studios has just won the rights to produce alongside Berlanti Productions, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
Michael Grandage, a Tony-winning theater director, will direct the feature film from a script by Ron Nyswaner (“Philadelphia”).
“My Policeman” is a 2012 novel by Bethan Roberts set in the 1950s in Brighton and follows a gay policeman who, due to the constraints on homosexual relationships of the era, ends up marrying a woman despite his love of another man. When his wife gets jealous of her husband’s other lover, she gets his lover arrested for indecency.
Production is expected to start on the film next summer.
Greg Berlanti is producing the film alongside Sarah Schechter and Robbie Rogers for Berlanti Productions, as well as Cora Palfrey and Philip Herd at Independent Film Company and MGC.
Styles recently joined the cast of Olivia Wilde’s next film “Don’t Worry Darling,” in which he replaced Shia LaBeouf and will star alongside Florence Pugh. James will next be seen in “Rebecca” alongside Armie Hammer, as well as the Netflix film “The Dig” that is currently in post-production. She’s also attached to star in Philip Noyce’s “Peggy Jo.”
Styles is represented by CAA and Full Stop Management. James is represented by UTA and Tavistock Wood Management. Berlanti and Berlanti Schecter Productions are represented by WME. Grandage is represented by CAA.
Deadline first reported the news.