Things move pretty fast in Hollywood, and if you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss projects seemingly resurrected from the dead. The Age of Adaline is just one such project, a sort of reverse Benjamin Button with a female lead that was once set as a Katherine Heigl vehicle and has now been totally revamped. Deadline Hollywood reports that Blake Lively and Ellen Burstyn will now star in the film, as directed by Lee Toland Krieger (best known for the lovely Celeste and Jesse Forever). The project centers on Lively’s eponymous Adaline, a twenty-nine-year-old who suffers a near-fatal accident (early reports of the project shared that the accident is a combination of car wreck and lightning strike) that renders her unable to age past her time at the age of said accident. Adaline will span the twentieth century and the adventures of the fundamentally lonely leading lady, until she meets a man who can change everything (that old story).
Heigl exited the film back in November of 2010 after being attached for about six months, and with no news on the project for nearly three years, we sort of just assumed it was dead. Consider this one a Hollywood zombie – it’s certainly back now. In its first incarnation, Andy Tennant was set to direct, and Angela Lansbury was on board for the role we assume now belongs to Burstyn – as Adaline’s daughter (whose advancing age puts an interesting wrinkle into the film). The Age of Adaline is now due to start filming in March. J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz penned the film’s original script, and it’s gone through a round of revisions care of Allison Burnett (Untraceable, Gone, Autumn in New York).
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