Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan has signed on to star in The Switch, a new life-swap comedic drama based on Beth O’Leary‘s novel of the same name. Bekka Bowling is adapting the screenplay, with the project set up at Steven Spielberg‘s Amblin Partners.
The dramedy revolves around a 29-year-old consultant and her 79-year-old grandmother, who decide to swap lives for two months after a series of personal setbacks.
The younger woman moves to a tiny Yorkshire village to tackle the responsibilities of dog walking and neighbourhood watch, while the older woman finds herself in a tiny London apartment, navigating dating apps and starting up a social club for lonely city folk.
“I am thrilled to be partnering with Amblin to bring Beth O’Leary’s beautiful book to life”, Brosnahan said in a statement. “I was utterly charmed and deeply moved from the first page to the last and can’t wait to share Leena and Eileen’s story with everyone”.
O’Leary’s book was only released last month, and has already become a Sunday Times bestseller. Her debut novel The Flatshare was published just last year – written during her commute to her children’s publishing job – and also became a top five bestseller.
Brosnahan has already proven her ability to lead a comedy-drama with the acclaimed Amazon series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. This project should be a similarly excellent fit for her. If it’s successful, expect O’Leary’s first novel – and subsequent ones – to get further interest from Hollywood.