Anne Hathaway is all set for another period drama as she has signed on to star in an adaptation of Charlotte Rogan’s The Lifeboat. The actress will take the lead role in the harrowing story, which is set in the early 1900s and follows “a woman who escapes a sinking ship, only to find herself at the mercy of a lifeboat full of desperate survivors.”
If you’re unfamiliar with the novel, check out the plot summary below:
“It is the summer of 1914 and Europe is on the brink of war, but Grace Winter’s future finally seems secure as she and her new husband set sail for New York, where she hopes to win over a disapproving and status-conscious mother-in-law. When a mysterious explosion sinks their ship, Grace is thrust into a lifeboat by a quick-witted crew member, who climbs in after her even though the boat is already filled beyond capacity.
As the weather deteriorates and the passengers are forced to choose sides in a brewing power struggle, Grace realizes that her survival could depend on whether she backs the ruthless but experienced John Hardie or the enigmatic but increasingly forceful Ursula Grant. Over the course of three perilous weeks, the lifeboat passengers plot, scheme, gossip and console one another while questioning their deepest assumptions about goodness, humanity and God.
Grace is finally rescued, only to be put on trial for her life. Unsure what to make of their client, Grace’s attorneys suggest she write her story down. The result is a page-turning tale of moral dilemmas, and also a haunting portrait of a woman as unforgettable and complicated as the events she describes.”
Sounds like a good meaty role for the actress, who is hotter than ever right now. I haven’t read the book that it’s based on but the story definitely sounds interesting and with Hathaway on board, the film will likely be of some quality.
Apollo 13 scribe William Broyles Jr. is penning the screenplay but the film is still without a director, though the search is on. We’ll keep you posted when we hear more.
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