Casting Net: Emma Watson to go mad in 'Your Voice in My Head'; Plus, Christopher Plummer, more

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• Emma Watson (Harry Potter, The Bling Ring) is set to star in an adaptation of Emma Forrest’s memoir, Your Voice in My Head, about her descent into mental illness as she struggles to pursue relationships and a writing career, and how one doctor saved her life. Francesca Gregorini, who directed Rooney Mara in the prep school coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall, will direct Watson in the project.Forrest is writing the script. In the press release announcing the news, producer and International Film Trust co-founder Michael Benaroya said, “We are incredibly excited to be working with Emma Forrest as she is one of the most sought after writers right now. Her story is intensely personal, with moments of humor just at the right time.” IFT president Ariel Veneziano added that Emma Watson “is perfect for this role.”

• Oscar winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners) will play John Travolta’s father and Tye Sheridan’s (Mud) grandfather in the generational crime saga The Forger for director Philip Martin (Wallander).

Southland alum Ben McKenzie will portray an American athlete who attempts to conquer the Mt. Everest of swimming feats by traversing a wild river in Norway in The Swimmer. Richard L. Fox, who has worked as a first assistant director on films such as The Descendants and Donnie Darko, will direct the project. In the release announcing the news, McKenzie said: “It’s a modern story, but timeless as well. Bard’s [Engelsas] script really captivated me: a tortured man risking it all in a battle against nature. It’s themes evoke the spirit of Hemingway and London, and I couldn’t be more excited to shoot in one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Norway.”

Gemma Arterton (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) and Tim Roth (Arbitrage) are set to co-star in the crime thriller The Keys to the Street, which Christopher Nolan adapted from Ruth Rendell’s novel, about a woman who decides to house-sit (Arterton) as a way to get away from her ex (Roth). [Variety]

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