Bana, McAdams travel with NL's 'Wife'

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Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams will be time-challenged lovers in "The Time Traveler's Wife," New Line Cinema's adaptation of the Audrey Niffenegger novel being directed by Robert Schwentke. Plan B and Nick Wechsler are producing the picture, which sees McAdams in final negotiations to star while Bana is already signed on.

More a love story than a fantasy, the book tells the story of a dashing librarian (Bana) at Chicago's Newberry Library who has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel forward and backward. During one of his episodes, he falls in love with a woman (McAdams), but the problem is that while the man's age darts back and forth depending on his location in time, the woman's progresses in a normal manner; thus, the two are often out of sync.

The project was earmarked for McAdams since nearly the beginning, with the studio trying to find the right alchemic mix of director and male star for her. Her deal will reunite her with the studio with which she had her breakthrough performance, the 2004 weepie "The Notebook."

A September shoot is being eyed.

Jeremy Leven and Bruce Joel Rubin wrote the adaptation.

Overseeing for the studio are Richard Brener, Cale Boyter and Michele Weiss.

Repped by WMA, Bana last starred in "Munich." He next stars opposite Drew Barrymore in "Lucky You," which opens May 4, as well as "The Other Boleyn Girl," which also stars Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman.

McAdams will first shoot Neil Burger's "The Return," also starring Michael Pena and Tim Robbins, before segueing to "Wife." She is repped by UTA, Magnolia Entertainment and attorney Howard Fishman.
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