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Reese Witherspoon is bringing your favourite 2018 book to the silver screen

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The book is due to be adapted by Witherspoon’s new company

Reese Witherspoon has been involved in some of our favourite films and TV shows – and now it looks like she’s going to be taking on one of our favourite books, too.

According to reports, Witherspoon’s new company Hello Sunshine will be taking on Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine – potentially a “star vehicle” for the actress. 

Witherspoon has also produced gems including Big Little Lies, Gone Girl and Wild, though this will be the first outing for the new company following her split from her previous creative partner.

Gail Honeyman, whose book is being adapted

Like her previous work, Hello Sunshine is another venture from Witherspoon designed to promote female-led projects. The adaptation and production of the book will all be executed by women.

Big Little Lies has experienced amazing success, with star Nicole Kidman saying it’s the thing she is “most recognised for”. 

“When I saw the therapy scene, which people really responded to, I thought I was terrible,” Kidman told Variety. “And everyone was like, ‘No, no!’ I think it was because I felt too exposed and vulnerable. It was probably too much for me to see.”

Witherspoon with her Big Little Lies co-stars

Eleanor Oliphant, which has been translated in 27 languages, follows a twenty-something woman in Glasgow who has repressed memories of a traumatic childhood. The book follows her emotional journey as she saves the life of an elderly man, falls in love with a local singer, and conducts lengthy telephone conversations with her mother.

The company will also be taking on Catherine Steadman’s novel Something in the Water, a New York Times bestselling thrilled about a New York couple that Witherspoon had previously selected for her book club.

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Emily Reynolds is a journalist and author based in London. Her first book, A Beginner’s Guide to Losing Your Mind, came out in February 2017 with Hodder & Stoughton. She is currently working on her second.  

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