Emma Forrest

In what can only be a (giggle) magical turn of events (or a director and star wanting to work together again, whichever), Harry Potter‘s own Hermione Granger is joining back up with director David Yates for her next project. Granger – er, sorry – Emma Watson will star in Your Voice in My Head, based on Emma Forrest‘s memoir of the same name, which she is penning for the screen. Published just last May, Forrest’s book is based on some a very personal story, one that serves as a memoir of a specific time in her life after a tragic, and somewhat bizarre, death. In her early twenties, Forrest was living in New York City and was caught up in what appeared to be a satisfying life, complete with a great job and a meaningful romance. But however charmed Forrest’s life might have looked from the outside, she was suffering on the inside, to the point that she ultimately sought out a therapist to help her and her bi-polar disorder. She found a beloved psychiatrist who helped her immeasurably – until the day she called his office to set a new appointment and was told that he had passed away. Your Voice in My Head charts her recovery from that tragedy. Deadline Henderson also reports that Tom Hanks and George Clooney are “in the mix” for the role of the psychiatrist.

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Like all Harry Potter alumnae, audiences have questioned what David Yates will make his first film coming out of Hogwart’s. His name has been attached (no matter how loosely) to The Stand, to the Al Capone biopic Cicero, to an adaptation of the Vertigo comic Fables, to a movie about Alan Turing, to a war picture called St. Nazaire, and to the divisive new Doctor Who movie from BBC. Now, according to Variety, there’s a new project to add to the list. Yates is reportedly on board to direct Your Voice in My Head- an adaptation of the Emma Forrest memoir of the same name which chronicles her experience with bipolar disorder and the death of the psychiatrist who was helping her cope. Here’s the money quote from the Guardian review of the book:

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No, that headline isn’t from a random word generator. It’s all true. Three years before Lars von Trier took us all on the emotional, testicular roller coaster ride of Antichrist, he directed a comedy in which an IT company hires an actor to act as its president in order to get the company sold. Wacky Danish hijinks most likely ensued. Now, according to The Wrap, Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is planning to remake Direktoren For Det Hele for English-speaking hijinks lovers. The Boss of it All will feature a boss who blames all his bad news on a fictional higher-up, which works well for his employees, but when a new owner takes over and wants to meet this higher-up, an actor has to be brought in. It sounds adequately sit-com-like for Hurwitz, who is set to direct the script from newcomer Emma Forrest. Hopefully von Trier will be on set everyday to obstruct.

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