Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

A-list stars battle for love story

Zooey Deschanel is one of the favourites for the role

Zooey Deschanel, Katherine Heigl, Anne Hathaway and Rachel McAdams are reportedly set to battle it out to star in a new movie that hasn't even been written yet.

How To Love An American Man, a memoir of love and self discovery tipped to be the new Eat, Pray Love, will be published by Harper Collins next week and has not yet been optioned to become a movie. But the New York Post claims it has already been sent to agents for actresses to consider the role.

Kristine Gasbarre has written her true story about moving from New York to Italy to discover her roots and then returning to her family home in small-town Pennsylvania after her grandfather's death, where she learned lessons in love from her widowed grandmother.

Kristine, who has been working with casting agencies, said: "I have my heart set on Zooey. It needs to be a European actress. I want her to come attached to it."

The (500) Days of Summer star is of French descent and her agent Sarah Jackson, is taking a look at the book.

But a representative for Zooey said: "While the book has been sent to Sarah to review, there have been zero talks at this point about Zooey being involved."

HarperCollins senior vice president Lisa Sharkey said: "There's been a lot of excitement around the book. It seems everyone wants to be the first in line to get this real American love story on screen."

Paradigm was the first talent agency to show an interest in the book after seeing the first manuscript last year.

Knocked Up star Katherine was the first name to be put forward, apparently as "ideal" for the role. But The Devil Wear's Prada's Anne and The Notebook's Rachel McAdams have also been linked to the part.

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