Mila Kunis has signed on to star in a new Netflix film, an adaptation of the best-seller Luckiest Girl Alive, which was published by the New York Times in 2015.
The script will be written by Jessica Knoll, the author of the book, while Mike Barker, who was director and executive producer of The Handmaid’s Tale, will direct the film and Kunis will produce it.
The plot centres around Ani FaNelli, played by Kunis, who is a glib New Yorker who seems to have everything to please. She occupies a coveted position in a major magazine, a wardrobe that everyone envies and a dream wedding on the horizon.
But when the maker of a crime documentary invites her to tell her version of the outrageous incident that occurred when she was a teenager at the renowned Bradley School, Ani is obliged to face a dark truth that threatens to undo her painstakingly shaped life.
The book’s author Knoll first asserted that the heinous crime in the novel was fiction, but then wrote an essay admitting that it was based on her own traumatic teenage experience. “I was so conditioned not to talk about it that it didn’t even occur to me”, she told The New York Times in 2016. “I want people to feel able to talk about it as if they have nothing to be ashamed of”.
It is sure to be a powerful film, but no release date has yet been announced, so we will keep you posted as things develop.