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‘A Monster Calls’ Felicity Jones to Star in Juan Antonio Bayona’s Children’s Fantasy Adaptation

'A Monster Calls' Felicity Jones to Star in Juan Antonio Bayona's Children's Fantasy Adaptation

Brit “It” woman Felicity Jones (“Breathe In,” “The Invisible Woman”) has landed a starring role in Spanish helmer Juan Antonio Bayona’s adaptation of the children’s fantasy novel “A Monster Calls.”

Per Deadline, Jones will play the character of Mum, and the production is reportedly courting Liam Neeson to play the part of “the Monster.” So what’s the set-up of the tale by author Patrick Ness (who is also penning the script)? A young boy retreats into a fantastical world of monsters and other creatures as a way of coping with the illness of his mother and bullying classmates.

The film, which is eyeing a fall 2016 release, is a co-production between River Road, Lionsgate, Participant and Focus Features.

Next up on Jones’ slate is “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” James Marsh’s “Theory of Everything,” and “True Story,” opposite James Franco and Jonah Hill. Bayona, who directed 2012’s tsunami-drama “The Impossible” and 2007 horror title “The Orphanage,” has Showtime’s Sam Mendes-produced “Penny Dreadful” coming up, for which Bayona directed the pilot. He’s also lined up for the “World War Z” sequel, whenever that gets rolling.

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