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IN THE WORKS: Emmy Rossum to Join Producer-Star Hilary Swank's 'You're Not You'

Photo of Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange By Anne Thompson and Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood October 23, 2012 at 11:12AM

When you've won two Oscars and your best options are starring in "The Resident" and "New Year's Eve," you start to produce movies yourself. Thus Hilary Swank and 2S Films' partner Molly Smith are producing their second feature, "You're Not You," directed by George C. Wolfe ("Nights in Rodanthe") and adapted by Shana Feste and Jordan Roberts from Michelle Wilgden's novel.
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When you've won two Oscars and your best options are starring in "The Resident" and "New Year's Eve," you start to produce movies yourself. Thus Hilary Swank and 2S Films' partner Molly Smith are producing their second feature, "You're Not You," directed by George C. Wolfe ("Nights in Rodanthe") and adapted by Shana Feste and Jordan Roberts from Michelle Wilgden's novel. "The business is ever elusive, always exciting, always frustrating," Swank told TOH last year. "I want to make movies that people talk about."

Emmy Rossum is in talks to co-star in Swank's long-in-development "You're Not You," which traces the relationship between a former ad exec suffering from Lou Gehrig's disease (Swank) and her caretaker, a directionless college student (Rossum) who is engaged in an affair with a married professor. She aids the sophisticated older woman as they navigate the swift progress of the disease. 

Swank's recent titles "Amelia" and "Conviction" didn't gain much traction with critics or moviegoers. Next up is Philip Noyce's more promising "Mary and Martha," a Working Title drama written by Richard Curtis for the BBC and HBO about two women who lose their children to malaria. Brenda Blethyn co-stars.

Rossum, who followed her 2004 breakout roles in "The Day After Tomorrow" and "The Phantom of the Opera" with "Poseidon," currently stars in the hit Showtime series "Shameless." She will next appear in "Beautiful Creatures" (February 13, 2013) with Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, and Jeremy Irons. 

2S Films’ Swank and Smith, who have a first-look deal with Alcon Entertainment, are producing with Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan of Di Novi Pictures, who produced Wolfe's “Nights In Rodanthe." Financing is from Darryl Prince Productions.

Swank and Smith's last production was "Something Borrowed." In the pipeline are are film versions of the diet and lifestlye book "French Women Don't Get Fat" by Mirielle Guiliano, and Karen Yampolsky's thinly disguised revenge novel "Falling Out of Fashion," about magazine editrix Jane Pratt.

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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.