JLo to Star in Waldman Adaptation

For all the news and drama surrounding film adaptations of Michael Chabon’s Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Kavalier & Clay, it’s easy sometimes to forget that Ayelet Waldman could have a movie of her own hitting theaters.

Waldman’s Love and Other Impossible Pursuits was optioned by Walt Disney before it even hit bookstores. This site hasn’t reported much on it, but it’s been in the works and drawing in talent.

Don Roos, the writer and director of The Opposite of Sex and Happy Endings, is writing and possibly directing the film adaptation. Waldman confirmed that Jennifer Lopez has been cast as the main actress.

“Yup, Jlo is in, and we’ve got preliminary financing!” Waldman said via e-mail.

Lopez is prepping for the part, according to Harper’s Bazaar.

“I’m very excited,” Lopez told Entertainment Weekly in September. “[Roos]’s fantastic. When he knew I was coming [to Toronto], he actually e-mailed me. He goes, ‘How are you doing? Are you nervous?’ I was like, ‘Yeah!’ He saw the film [El Cantante] because before we decided to work together I wanted him to see it. And he was like, ‘It’s the best female performance in five years — don’t worry about it!’ I was like, ‘I love you!’ [Laughs]”

In an interview with Zulkey last year, Waldman called Roos’ screenplay “awesome.” “It’s so good – he took lots of my jokes and made them funnier,” she said. “I loved it.”

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