Amy Adams in Talks to Star in 'Story of Your Life'

Denis Villeneuve is on board to direct the adaptation of a short story by Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author Ted Chiang.
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Amy Adams

Amy Adams is in negotiations to star in Story of Your Life, an adaptation of a short story by Nebula and Hugo Award-winning author Ted Chiang, which is being directed by Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners).

Eric Heisserer has written the script for the project, which is being financed and produced by FilmNation and David Linde's Lava Bear Films. Also producing are 21 Laps' Shawn Levy and Dan Levine.

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The story is set in motion when alien crafts land around the world, and an expert linguist, to be played by Adams, is recruited by the military to determine whether they come in peace or are a threat. As she learns to communicate with the aliens, she begins experiencing vivid flashbacks that become the key to unlocking the greater mystery about the true purpose of their visit.

The movie makers are planning a shoot for next year.

Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder will oversee production of the film on behalf of FilmNation, while Tory Metzger shepherds on behalf of Lava Bear. Levine and Dan Cohen are 21 Laps' spearheaders.

Adams is coming off an Oscar nomination for her work in American Hustle and has another buzzworthy film in the can: Big Eyes, directed by Tim Burton, in which she portrays painter Margaret Keane.

She is repped by WME.