The Children Act and Nanny McPhee actress, Emma Thompson is certainly not short for work in recent years. The British actress has signed up to star in the adaptation of coming-of-age comedy, ‘How To Build A Girl’.
Thompson will be joined by Bridesmaid’s Chris O’Dowd on the cast which also includes Lady Bird’s Beanie Feldstein in the lead, Game of Thrones, Alfie Allen, Journeyman’s Paddy Considine and Bridget Jones’ Baby’s, Sarah Solemani.
Adapted from Caitlin Moran’s novel of the same name, the story is set in 1993 and sees Feldstein play Johanna Morrigan, a smart, opinionated and overweight 16-year-old. Hormones raging, she is desperate to get out of her hometown and make a name for herself — which she does, reinventing herself as Dolly Wilde, a rock music critic. Gaining notoriety as an enfant terrible, she finally figures out “how to build a girl.” But is this the girl she wanted to build?
Considine and Solemani will play Johanna’s “unconventional parents,” while Thompson will play her editor at a music magazine.
Coky Giedroyc will direct from a screenplay by Moran. Monumental Pictures’ Owen and Debra Hayward produce.
Thompson was last seen as a prominent judge in The Children Act and as the British Prime Minister in Johnny English Strikes Again. Her upcoming project will see her lend her voice to The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle. She also recently joined the rebooted Men in Black with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson.
O’Dowd will next be seen in Juliet, Naked and will also star opposite Rosamund Pike in State of the Union, a 10-minute (per episode) sitcom from Nick Hornby for SundanceTV.