Will Hilary Swank co-star in YOU’RE NOT YOU with Jeremy Renner?

Kate Erbland

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May 12th, 2011

Though I was not a fan of Hilary Swank's latest effort as a producer (that would be SOMETHING BORROWED), I do admire the actress' dedication to bringing more female-driven fare to the screen. One of her next projects, an adaptation of Michelle Wildgen's novel You're Not You, may see Swank also using her acting chops in the film.

In an interview with Thompson on Hollywood, Swank expressed her interest in starring in the film. The film has two prime female roles, Kate, a thirtysomething woman with Lou Gehrig's disease, and Bec, her collegiate caretaker. I can only hope Swank is gunning for the Kate role (you know how Hollywood can be flim-flam with ages). The film already has Jeremy Renner attached to play Kate's husband, Evan.

Having read the book, I can say that Swank would make a wonderful Kate - the character is exceedingly well-crafted and multi-dimensional. Kate's not the sort of person who takes her disease lying down, and she helps out Bec just as much as Bec helps her out. Toss in the heart-wrenching element of what Kate's illness does to her relationship with Evan, and it's one meaty role, and one well-suited to the two-time Oscar winner. You can check out more about You're Not You after the break.

From Amazon, we get an official synopsis of the book that also says much about its tone and trajectory:

"Wildgen's first novel centers on Bec, a self-absorbed college student drifting through school and an affair with a married poetry professor, and it shows real promise. When Bec takes a summer job caring for Kate, a young married woman with Lou Gehrig's disease, it seems easy to spot the formula: lost soul comes of age through the wisdom and resolve of the terminally ill. Where Bec is anxious and aimless, Kate is sarcastic and at peace; despite paralysis, she teaches Bec to cook extravagant meals, fund-raises for ALS research and spouts wicked one-liners. But when Kate kicks out her cheating husband, Evan, Wildgen's writing becomes clear and determined, daring to spotlight an almost taboo subject—the need for sex among the sick. As Bec takes on more of Evan's roles, eventually moving into Kate's house, Bec's deep and conflicted feelings for her charge allow Wildgen to navigate the complicated moral territory of Evan's, or any young spouse's, responsibility to his terminally ill partner. The brash tone that weighs down the beginning of the novel becomes more credible and critical as Bec subsumes the powerful voice of her near-voiceless charge."

YOU'RE NOT YOU is currently in development with an expected release in 2013.

Source Thompson on Hollywood, via /Film

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