The workplace comedy already has Robert De Niro on board, with Warner Bros. acquiring the North American rights at the AFM late last year.
The Intern tells of an owner of an Internet company who gets assigned an intern who’s a retiree (De Niro). He becomes a valuable resource and the two develop a relationship.
Hathaway would be taking the lead as the owner of the Internet company.
Witherspoon was on board to star in the lead when it sold at the AFM, but left the project half-way through last month, believed to be due to scheduling conflicts.
The Oscar-winning Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men, The Social Network) is producing. And after Witherspoon exited, he and director Meyers quickly eyed a handful of key possibilities to replace her. Hathaway did a table read with De Niro and Meyers last week, which went well, so here’s to hoping that talks will progress nicely, and things will get off the ground soon.
Hathaway of course soared to even greater heights following her Oscar-winning performance in Les Misérables, with Song One marking her first leading role since her Best Supporting Actress win. She’ll soon be heard alongside Jesse Eisenberg in Rio 2 this spring, and will make up part of the comedy ensemble for Dan Fogler’s Don Peyote, before reuniting with Christopher Nolan for his anticipated Interstellar to close out the year.
The actress doesn’t officially have anything set for her upcoming slate in terms of filming, though she did come on board to both star in and produce The Lifeboat last summer. With any luck, shooting on both The Lifeboat and The Intern can get underway soon. Workplace comedies like the latter are few and far between, and having Hathaway anchor it in the lead would make it that much more exciting to look forward to.