Mila Kunis is the latest big name to sign on for a Netflix project. The Bad Moms and Black Swan actress will star in the film adaptation of Jessica Knoll‘s debut novel, Luckiest Girl Alive.
The 2015 New York Times best-seller is a thriller revolving around a New York magazine editor whose meticulously crafted life is upended when a crime documentary forces her to relive the shocking truths of a devastating incident from her teenage years. The book has sold over a million copies and has been translated into 38 different languages.
Lionsgate optioned the rights for the book before it was even published back in 2015. Knoll will adapt her own book and also serve as an executive producer on the film. Mike Barker, who has helmed episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale, Fargo and Broadchurch, will direct.
Knoll’s novel has been compared to Gillian Flynn‘s Gone Girl and Paula Hawkins‘ The Girl On The Train. Hopefully this adaptation is closer to the film version of the former than the latter. The above synopsis doesn’t disclose some of the horrifying incidents at the heart of the story, and Kunis has usually starred in lighter fare, so this will be an interesting role for her.
Kunis recently starred alongside Glenn Close in Four Good Days and as a part of a big ensemble in another Netflix movie, Breaking News In Yuba County.