Holly Hunter is in advanced talks to star in an adaptation of Sue Miller‘s bestselling novel, Monogamy. Dani Shapiro is adapting the book and also producing with Killer Films and Yellow Bear Films.
Miller’s book was released last September, and revolves around couple Graham and Annie, who remain effortlessly devoted to one another after nearly 30 years of marriage. Graham is a bookseller and a big, gregarious man with a large appetite, while Annie is a more reserved and introspective photographer.
But when Graham suddenly dies, Annie is lost. She wonders what the point of going on without him is. But while she is still mourning him intensely, she discovers that Graham had been unfaithful to her, and begins to spiral into darkness, wondering if she ever truly knew the man who loved her.
Miller has published ten novels, including The Good Mother (previously adapted into a 1988 film with Diane Keaton and Liam Neeson) and Oprah’s book club selection, While I Was Gone. Shapiro is the author of New York Times bestseller Inheritance, along with five other novels and a number of memoirs.
This sounds like a perfect role for Hunter. She’s always been incredibly good at portraying complex female characters who can’t really escape their own stress and anxiety. The best example is her incredible performance in Broadcast News, which earned her one of her four Oscar nominations. She won in 1993 for The Piano.
Her last role was voicing Elastigirl in Incredibles 2, but the last time we actually saw her on screen was supporting roles in Terrence Malick‘s Song To Song and Michael Showalter‘s The Big Sick. This will be her first starring role since 2016’s Strange Weather.