EXCLUSIVE: Emma Thompson is in talks to star in director Richard Eyre’s The Children Act, based on the book by Ian McEwan which follows a British High Court judge who must make judgments on a plethora of seemingly hopeless and unpleasant cases.

Judge Fiona Maye is so involved with her cases that she hears that it often strains her marriage. But one case is of particular difficultly — that of a 17-year-old boy who is suffering from leukemia and does not want to be forced to have possible life-saving blood transfusions because it goes against his religion. The case causes internal turmoil for the wise and compassionate judge who must choose between the bright boy’s right to choose and the possibility of a future.

The project would rejoin Thompson with her Love Actually and My Fair Lady producer, Duncan Kenworthy. The actress has not worked with Eyre before, but his credits include the critically acclaimed Notes on a Scandal and Iris.