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Casting Watch: Anne Hathaway On Board 'The Lifeboat'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 21, 2013 at 8:30AM

Anne Hathaway is on board to star in and produce "The Lifeboat," adapted from the book by Charlotte Rogan. Working Title, who produced Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" for which Hathaway won an Oscar, and Focus Features have acquired the rights to the novel.
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Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway is on board to star in and produce "The Lifeboat," adapted from the book by Charlotte Rogan. Working Title, which produced Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables" for which Hathaway won an Oscar, and Focus Features have acquired the rights to the novel.

Hathaway will play Grace Winter, a woman on trial for murder in 1914, who recounts her dramatic survival of the sinking of the transatlantic Empress ship. She was one of the few to land in a lifeboat, but once aboard, a dilemma arises: There are too many survivors in the lifeboat, and some must be gotten rid of.

William Broyles Jr. ('Castaway," "Apollo 13") is penning the script; no one is lined up yet to direct.

Hathaway currently has Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic "Interstellar" in the 2014 pipeline; she previously starred in Nolan's "Dark Knight Rises" as Selina Kyle, aka Cat Woman.

This article is related to: News, CASTING WATCH, Anne Hathaway, Working Title


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.