Rachel Weisz Joins Thriller “Lanny”

Rachel Weisz has been tapped to star in the missing boy thriller, Lanny. 

The feature is set to adapt Max Porter’s novel of the same name to the big screen. The novel, which was released just this month, is the follow-up to the author’s critically acclaimed Grief Is A Thing With Wings. 

The book was optioned by the Oscar-winning actress alongside The Bureau and BBC Films. Weisz is also set to produce alongside The Bureau’s Tristan Goligher.

“With such a peerless combination of talent involved this was an easy decision to make,” said agent Lesley Thorne at Aitken Alexander Associates. “We can’t wait to see how they realize Max’s unique storytelling onscreen.”

Goligher added: “We all fell in love with this wonderful novel and can’t wait to find the right writer and director to bring this distinctive, wise and moving story to the screen.”

Lanny is set in a village sixty miles outside London. “It’s no different from many other villages in England: one pub, one church, red-brick cottages, council cottages and a few bigger houses dotted about… This village belongs to the people who live in it and to the people who lived in it hundreds of years ago… But it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort, [who’s] listening, intently, for a mischievous, enchanting boy whose parents have recently made the village their home. Lanny.”