Iconic novel

Kirsten Dunst slated to direct adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s “The Bell Jar”

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 22: Kirsten Dunst attends the Closing Ceremony during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/FilmMagic)

Deadline reports that Kirsten Dunst will make her debut as a director with a movie adaptation of The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath’s iconic feminist novel. The film will star Dakota Fanning as Esther Greenwood, a fictionalized version of Plath, as a young aspiring writer who goes to New York City for an internship but starts suffering from mental illness when she returns home to Boston. The Bell Jar, which was Plath’s only novel, was published a mere month before she committed suicide, in 1963. It has already been adapted for the big screen once, in 1979, with Marilyn Hassett in the leading role. Dunst is not a complete stranger to directing — she previously shot two short-films: Welcome, starring Winona Ryder and John Hawkes; and Bastard, starring Brian Geraghty and Lukas Haas. But this movie marks her feature debut. The film is expected to go into production in early 2017.

Read the full story at Deadline.

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