EXCLUSIVE: Boyhood helmer Richard Linklater is the frontrunner for the job of directing Jennifer Lawrence in The Rosie Project, I hear. That is the Sony Pictures adaptation of the Graeme Simison novel that Phil Lord & Christopher Miller just exited to helm the young Han Solo Star Wars movie. The film’s being produced by Matt Tolmach and Michael Costigan. Scott Neustadter & Michael Weber wrote the script.

The book focuses on a genetics professor with limited social skills who thinks he has conjured a scientific survey to find a perfect mate. That goes awry when he meets Rosie (Lawrence), a mismatched woman who becomes irresistible to him. It’s early days on this; discussions are just getting underway. Linklater just wrapped a Dazed And Confused-style ensemble film about college kids trying to make the baseball team, which Paramount just dated for April 16, 2016. Stay tuned.