Julia Stiles traps herself in The Bell Jar

Julia Stiles will soon be starring as the original girl, interrupted. The actress has signed on to play Esther Greenwood in a big screen adaptation of Sylvia Plath‘s iconic novel The Bell Jar. I have to say, I have sky-high hopes for this project.

First, you can’t beat the source material. Plath’s semi-autobiographical book is a lyrical look at a young woman’s descent into disillusionment and depression. Both the work and its author deserve a fitting cinematic tribute beyond Gwyneth Paltrow‘s tepid Sylvia. (Yes, I know there was a 1979 adaptation starring Marilyn Hassett. But since I don’t think you can Netflix it, I can’t comment on its merits or lack thereof.)

Second, I think Julia is one of the smarter and more substantial actresses in today’s crop of young stars. OK, we’re just going to ignore The Omen … and The Prince & Me. She has been working the past few years to secure the rights to The Bell Jar and will produce with Plum Pictures in association with Killer Films (out producer Christine Vachon‘s company). Playwright Tristine Skyler (The Moonlight Mile) will adapt the screenplay.

So, really, what’s not to love? Julia Stiles, mental illness, suicide attempts and stifling bell jars? Sign me up.

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