[The Gentlewoman] For the past couple of years, Kirsten [Dunst] has been working on a film script with a girlfriend.
The production hasn’t been publicly announced yet, so she is unwilling to got into too much detail, but it is an adaptation of a novel set in the 1950s that many women will have read, she says.
It’s a book that people care about at a certain age
She plans to direct it herself and she already has an impressive lead actress in place. The actress approached her, she adds, and she wells up just thinking about such a vote of confidence.
I’m nervous. There’s part of me that’s like, “What am I doing? Why would I ever put myself in the position to be ripped apart to direct this?” I know I’m going to be out of my mind for however long it takes!
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[Optional] Do you think Kirsten will make a good director?
The book that immediately jumped to mind was Bonjour Tristesse. I think that she’ll do a great job as a director.
A lot of the books named have already been filmed. I would guess The Bell Jar, too, why not?
The Feminine Mystique? Not a novel, but from other interviews, it seems like it may be a piece of non-fiction. I realize The Feminine Mystic is not a book most women have read, but I don’t know that I trust KiKi to know what books most women are reading.
the bell jar
actress not sure . but definitely the bell jar
My first thought was The Bell Jar, too!
I’m gonna guess the Bell Jar with Alicia Vikander, who actually resembles Sylvia Plath quite a bit.
book: Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father or Valley of the Dolls?
lead actress: dakota fanning?
Ivanna Funkalot says
Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret
Written in 1970. Was it set in the 50s?
A book that most women will have read and that people care about at a certain age….that makes me think of “Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret?” But, I don’t think that was set in the 1950s and I can’t imagine that a “lead actress” for that movie would be someone that would approach her, because the lead actress would only be 12…
Maybe The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath.
I would like to say Jodi Foster but I think she’s a bit old.
For some reason the book “Fifteen” popped into my head. It could be something completely different, though.
Oh, I haven’t thought about ‘Fifteen’ in decades, by Beverly Cleary – what a WONDERFUL book. WONDERFUL. Unfortunately, it was written in the 50’s and would have to be done as a period piece, like Romeo and Juliet or Little House on the Prairie. In this age of 15 year old hookups and ‘ho’s.
The Bell Jar
Not sure what actress…
I’ll guess the book is The Bell Jar. Not sure about the potential actress.
I wish Kirsten well. Even though I’ve heard reports about how troubled she’s been. she still is driven. She reportedly was going to play a young Debbie Harry in another project – with Michelle Pfeiffer playing that rocker in mature years – but that ship’s sailed disappointingly.
Not sure what you mean by “troubled” because I hardly ever hear anything about her.
Wow, I never heard about the Debbie Harry project. That would have been amazing. Perfect casting!
Didn’t she suffer from clinical depression? I seem to recall her saying a while back that that was one of the reasons she took the MELANCHOLIA role.
Book: The Women
Lead Actress: No idea.
I also have no idea whether or not Kirsten will make a good director. However, she’s been an actress for a long time so she knows what directors need to do to get good performances out of people. She must think in visual terms by now.
Kristen and kirsten
Book: The Bell Jar?
I think this is The Belljar.
Not sure on the actress but I read elsewhere that she was doing it as a sort of dark comedy so maybe Kristen Wiig. But seeing her say she “wells up” about being approached by the actress makes me think it could be someone with a bit more star power.. Maybe Scarlett Johansson.
The Bell Jar
It’s my all time favorite book so I’m hoping yes!
The Bell Jar was pretty depressing, it was made into a movie in the late 70’s. But if that is the movie, I can’t see Cate Blanchett playing the lead role of a college student (maybe her mother)?
Vidalia Q Intrigue says
I’m going to guess it’s “Franny and Zooey” by J. D. Salinger, and the actress is Emma Stone. She’s on record saying it’s her favorite book.
I think it’s Franny & Zooey too. Not sure about the actress…
Book: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
Actress: Ellen Page
Here’s to random guesses that make you cackle inside as you write them! <3
i don’t think it’s this but i love this guess!!
That made me cackle too. Good one, lol
Wasn’t that written in the 70’s or 80’s?
This is the only book listed so far that I’ve read.
Book–THE BELL JAR
Actress: Jennifer Lawrence?
She’ll be fine. She’s smart, sensitive–and has worked with some of the best in the business.
This … perfect for Lawrence, more power to Kirsten.
Are you there God, it’s me Margaret?
I would love that. But I thought it took place in the 60s?
Book: Little Women
Lead Actress: Emma Stone? Brie Larson? Alicia Vikander?
[Optional] Do you think Kirsten will make a good director? I think so
That was my first thought too, but I am questioning myself. I know she acted in it and it has been done so many times. I am not sure.
1950s???? And sorry but LITTLE WOMEN has been done a few times now.
Yeah it was published in 1868 so almost a hundred years before being a relevant iconic book set in the 1950s.
Little Women isn’t set in the 1950s.
Book: The Hand That First Held Mine by Maggie O’Farrell
Lead Actress: Jessica Chastain
Book: Marjorie Morningstar
I wish! I must have read this book over 10 times when I was a teenager. In today’s times, young girls probably won’t understand how big a deal it was in the 50s to lose your virginity before your wedding day and that you were “damaged” goods if you did. Hated the movie because Gene Kelly looked nothing like Noel Airman who was supposed to be tall and blond.