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Julia Roberts to Star in Big Screen Adaptation of ‘The Bookseller’

Actress will also produce film version of bestselling novel

Julia Roberts will star in Crystal City Entertainment’s adaptation of the bestselling novel “The Bookseller,” it was announced Thursday.

Roberts will also produce with partners Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill through their Red OM Films banner, along with Crystal City’s Jonathan Rubenstein and Ari Pinchot.

Cynthia Swanson’s “The Bookseller” follows a woman in the 1960s who must reconcile her reality with the tantalizing alternate world of her dreams.

Roberts last starred in “Money Monster” and voiced a character in “Smurfs: The Lost Village.” She will next be seen in Stephen Chbosky’s “Wonder.”

Roberts will also star in the TV adaptation of Maria Semple’s novel “Today Will Be Different.” Semple, who previously teamed with Annapurna for a film adaptation of her 2012 book “Where’d You Go Bernadette?” will write the adaptation. No network is currently attached to the project. The limited series will show a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, who had ambitions to wake up and have the best day of her life, but is forced to abandon those plays when she finds a strange, new future unfolding.

CAA represents both Roberts and Swanson and packaged the project while also representing the film’s domestic distribution rights. Roberts is also represented by Engelman & Company and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman, while Swanson is also represented by Susanna Einstein of Einstein Literary Management.

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