Ottessa Moshfegh’s debut novel, Eileen, has been filming its adaptation in New Jersey for the past couple of months, and it turns out the project is hush-hush for now. However, a Jersey mayor did confirm on Twitter that Anne Hathaway will star in the anticipated crime drama.
Alongside Hathaway will star Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) and Thomasin Mckenzie (Last Night in Soho). William Oldroyd will direct the film produced by Fox Searchlight with Ari Wegner as cinematographer. Roles between the actors have not been confirmed yet, though news speculates that Mckenzie will take on the titular role, while Whigham would play Eileen’s father and Hathaway would step in as Eileen’s co-worker. For now, that’s all we know about this thrilling adaptation.
Eileen follows the story of a young woman whose disappearance shakes a small town. Told from the point of view of an omniscient narrator, readers learn that Eileen’s life is much more disturbing than it appears at the outset. Her father is an abusive alcoholic and her job as a secretary at a juvenile prison is everything but jovial. But when she finds a new friend in co-worker Rebecca, Eileen begins to think that things could start to look up for her. Oh, how she couldn’t be more wrong.
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