Jessica Lange and Naomi Watts have been set to star in The Secret Life Of The Lonely Doll, an indie adaptation of Jean Nathan’s 2005 book about the life of children’s book author Dare Wright. Gia Coppola is directing and Merritt Johnson (Temple Grandin, In Treatment) has been set to adapt. Indigenous Media, founded by Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garica and Jake Avnet, is producing along with Bruce Cohen and Untitled Entertainment partner Jason Weinberg.
Nathan’s book centers on Wright, whose bestselling children’s book The Lonely Doll made her a household name in the 1950s. Forty years later, Nathan, a journalist, was searching for the out-of-print book series and found Wright living in a public hospital in Queens. The book pieces together Wright’s bizarre life of glamour and isolation, and her struggle to escape her painful childhood through her art.
Lange is next up starring on Broadway in Long Day’s Journey Into Night which opens next month. Watts is on screen with this weekend’s bow of The Divergent Series: Allegiant and is next up in Demolition opposite Jake Gyllenhaal.