Actresses Naomi Watts and Jessica Lange will act in the independent drama “The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll” which would be directed by Gia Coppola.
Coppola, who wrote and directed James Franco’s “Palo Alto,” will also direct from a script by Merritt Johnson, whose previous works include “Temple Grandin” and “In Treatment.”
“The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll” is the story of Dare Wright, who became well-known in the 1950s thanks to her best-selling children’s book “The Lonely Doll.” Journalist Jean Nathan discovered Wright living in a public hospital in Queens about forty years later, and her book pieces together Wright’s bizarre life of glamour and isolation, and her struggle to escape her painful childhood through her art. Wright died in 2001 at the age of 86.
“Rodrigo and I have been fans of and have worked with Merritt, Jessica and Naomi before,” said Jon Avnet. “Jean Nathan’s unique piece is a great vehicle for a reunion and chance for Gia Coppola to make a very distinctive film.”
Jon Avnet’s other works include “Black Swan” and “Fried Green Tomatoes.” Garcia’s credits include “Albert Nobbs” and “In Treatment.” Cohen produced “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Milk.”
Lange’s next film is “Wild Oats.” She will also be starring on Broadway in “Long Day’s Journey into Night,” which opens in April.
Watts is at the moment starring in “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” and will soon be seen with Jake Gyllenhaal in “Demolition.”