Deadline reports that Fox 2000 has selected Michael Sucsy to direct an adaptation of Megan Abbott’s novel “Dare Me.” Now they’re trying to get Natalie Portman to star.
Here’s how Amazon describes it:
Addy Hanlon has always been Beth Cassidy’s best friend and trusted lieutenant. Beth calls the shots and Addy carries them out, a long-established order of things that has brought them to the pinnacle of their high-school careers. Now they’re seniors who rule the intensely competitive cheer squad, feared and followed by the other girls — until the young new coach arrives.
Cool and commanding, an emissary from the adult world just beyond their reach, Coach Colette French draws Addy and the other cheerleaders into her life. Only Beth, unsettled by the new regime, remains outside Coach’s golden circle, waging a subtle but vicious campaign to regain her position as “top girl” — both with the team and with Addy herself.
Then a suicide focuses a police investigation on Coach and her squad. After the first wave of shock and grief, Addy tries to uncover the truth behind the death — and learns that the boundary between loyalty and love can be dangerous terrain.
So Portman would play the troublemaking coach who ruins the lives of a bunch of cheerleaders? Well, how can anyone pass that up?
Portman will be seen in November in “Thor: The Dark World,” and also appears in two Terrence Malick movies (provided she isn’t cut at the last minute, which does happen in those movies: “Knight of Cups” and “Untitled Terrence Malick Project.” She’s been busy this spring and summer trying to film “Jane Got a Gun.”