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Reese Witherspoon Nabs ‘Luckiest Girl Alive’ with Lionsgate, with “a wily, intelligent, complex narrator”

Reese Witherspoon Nabs 'Luckiest Girl Alive' with Lionsgate, with "a wily, intelligent, complex narrator"

Reese Witherspoon is yet another woman in Hollywood who is tired of the same old same old and like many a movie star producer before her, has taken matters into her own hands. “Wild” earned her an Oscar nomination, competing against Rosamund Pike, star of her production “Gone Girl.” Now she and her Pacific Standard producing partner Bruna Papandrea have grabbed rights to Jessica Knoll’s upcoming debut novel “Luckiest Girl Alive” with Lionsgate.

Simon & Schuster’s Sarah Knight, who acquired and edited “Luckiest Girl Alive,” also acquired Gillian Flynn’s “Gone Girl” and edited her best-seller “Dark Places” while at Random House, which is also being made into a movie. The new book comes out May 12 (Simon & Schuster).

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“’Luckiest Girl Alive’ is the kind of book that grabs you and doesn’t let go,” said witherspoon. “The hero of the book is a wily, intelligent, complex narrator. This character and the thrilling narrative that she drives are exactly the kind of story our company, Pacific Standard Films, wants to produce. We are thrilled to be collaborating with Jessica and Lionsgate to bring her debut novel to the screen.”

Here’s the synopsis: 
“Luckiest Girl Alive” centers on Ani FaNelli, a twenty-eight-year-old New Yorker who appears to have it all: a sought-after position at a women’s magazine, a wardrobe to kill for, and a dream wedding with her handsome fiancé on the horizon. But behind that veneer of perfection lies a vulnerability that Ani holds close and buries deep—a dark trauma from her past resurfaces only to give her a chance to confront her most shocking secret of all—but not without unraveling her meticulously crafted life.
Jeyun Choi Munford, VP of Production, and Creative Exec Nirokhi Raychaudhuri will oversee the project on behalf of the studio.
 
Born and raised in Philadelphia, author Jessica Knoll has been an editor at Cosmopolitan and SELF. She lives in New York City with her husband.

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