Seven actors have joined the cast of Robin Swicord's "The Jane Austen Book Club," including a slew of television favorites.
Late lamented "Lost" co-star Maggie Grace will appear in the adaptation of Karen Joy Fowler's novel, along with Maria Bello ("Flicka"), Emily Blunt ("The Devil Wears Prada"), Hugh Dancy ("Basic Instinct 2"), Kevin Zegers ("Zoom") and Emmy winners Amy Brenneman ("Judging Amy") and Jimmy Smits ("The West Wing").
The film involves a group of women (and one man) who get together to read Jane Austen novels and talk about their loves. According to the long cast list in The Hollywood Reporter, Brenneman will play Sylvia, whose husband (Smits) leaves her after 32 years of marriage. If the industry trade paper is correct, they must have married when they were 10. Grace plays Sylvia's lesbian daughter, who also must have been born when Sylvia was 10. Stupid age-based casting aside, Bello will play Sylvia's unmarried best friend Jocelyn. Blunt plays Prudie, a married teacher who has fantasies of other men. Throw in Zegers as an over-sexed teen and Dancy as Griff, a computer whiz, and you have a movie.
Sony Pictures Classics is expected to distribute.
This will be the feature directing debut for Swicord, whose writing credits include adaptations of "Practical Magic," "Little Women" and "Memoirs of a Geisha."