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Hilary Swank Fights Debilitating Disease In ‘You’re Not You’

Written by on September 27, 2012 

If you always liked The Pride of the Yankees but, at the same time, wished it had a bit more Hilary Swank, buckle up. Variety tell us the actress is expected to star for director George C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe) in the illness drama You’re Not You, a project she’ll produce via her company, 2S, and which is expected to begin shooting around November.

Shana Feste and Jordan Roberts have both worked on the film, duties which required them to adapt the Michelle Wildgen-penned novel. Amazon has a description of it, and that can be read below (via Amazon):

“Bec is adrift. It’s the summer before her junior year in college. She’s sleeping with a married professor, losing interest in her classes, and equivocating about her career. She takes a job caring for Kate, a thirty-six-year-old woman who has been immobilized by ALS.

As it turns out, before the disease Kate was a stylish and commanding woman, an advertising executive and an accomplished chef. Now, as she and Bec spend long days together, Bec begins to absorb Kate’s sophistication and her sensuality, cooking for her, sharing her secrets, and gradually beginning to live her own life with a boldness informed by Kate’s influence. The more intense her commitment to Kate, the further Bec strays from the complacency of her college life. And when Kate’s marriage veers into dangerous territory, Bec will have to choose between the values of her old life and the allure of an entirely new one.”

The part of Bec — seemingly the primary spot — is still being sought out, though I’d expect it to be filled rather soon. Given You‘s current headliner, they might even get a strong performer in their possession.

Also, too, because my mind almost instantly jumps to reductive terms such as “Oscar bait,” which may very well be the case with You’re Not You. However, that would also imply it has a huge chance of being truly good, and, coming from the man behind Nights in Rodanthe? I’m not holding my breath for a shot of great cinema.

Anything seem particularly noteworthy about this project?

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