I spent this afternoon visiting Adrian Lyne‘s 9 1/2 Weeks (which I’d never seen before), so I suppose it’s only natural that casting news should now surface on the director’s first project since 2002’s Unfaithful. We’d previously speculated that Lyne would be following up his Richard Gere–Diane Lane romantic stinger by adapting John Grisham‘s The Associate, but this up-to-date Moviehole report suggests a very different novel-to-film undertaking — that of Tawni O’Dell‘s best-selling Back Roads, which he was rumored to take on in February of 2011.
The report speculates furthermore about the potential casting choices on Lynn‘s adaptation. Chloë Moretz — who’s currently on screens worldwide in Tim Burton‘s trivial Dark Shadows — is thought to already be on board with the project, while Kristen Stewart — who will soon appear in On the Road — has merely been offered an unspecified part.
Moretz‘s task, apparently, is to play one of three sisters who are put under the watch of their older brother, Harley, after their mother is thrown in prison for killing her abusive husband. From the looks of things, Harley, who’s yet to have been cast, seems to be the main character here — the report’s brief synopsis also includes bits involving his illicit affair with a mother who lives two houses away from their own.
With so many details and roles still unconfirmed, I’d be wary of putting too much stock in a timely churning-out of this one. But it’s nice to see Lyne‘s name back on the market, especially with something so obviously tailored to his steamy, sensual sensibilities.
Have you read Back Roads? Are you looking forward to Lyne’s next work?
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