Per Entertainment Weekly, Hathaway is set to star in an adaptation of The Idea of You, a book written by Robinne Lee. The story follows a 40-year-old divorcee, who goes to Coachella with her daughter before falling madly in love with a Harry Styles-esque boyband member named Hayes Campbell, from One Direction-esque group August Moon.
The author Lee has previously been in front of the camera for two erotic dramas Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed (which are famously developed from fanfics of Twilight). Lee had previously told Vogue that the book was never intended to be about Harry Styles, but instead about “reclaiming” sexuality as 40 year-old woman.
“It was supposed to be a story about a woman approaching 40 and reclaiming her sexuality and rediscovering herself, just at the point that society traditionally writes women off as desirable and viable and whole.”
The film is set to be directed by The Eyes of Tammy Faye’s Michael Showalter, with Hathaway to also serve as a producer alongside the author and Cathy Schulman, Gabrielle Union, Kian Gass, Eric Hayes, and Jordana Mollick.
Believe it or not, this isn’t the first Harry Styles fan fiction to get turned into a feature film: 2019 saw After release, which is soon to have its fourth film come out, starring Josephine Langford and Hero Fiennes Tiffin, in Sep. 2022.
The film will begin production in October, with no confirmed release date as of yet. Whether Harry Styles will end up playing Hayes Campbell is also surely something being discussed, with the singer now having successfully crossed over into an actor.