Bosworth at heart of 'Veronika'


Kate Bosworth will play the title role in Emily Young's feature adaptation of Paulo Coelho's best-seller "Veronika Decides to Die" for Das Films, Palm Star Entertainment and Muse Films.

In the drama, written for the screen by Larry Gross ("We Don't Live Here Anymore") and Roberta Hanley ("Woundings"), Bosworth will play a woman who wakes up in a mental institution after a failed suicide attempt. She discovers that she has a weakened heart and only days to live. The film follows her recovery as she finds true love and a newfound will to survive.

"Veronika" will be produced and financed by Das head Sriram Das and Muse owner Chris Hanley, and executive produced by Palm Star CEO Kevin Frakes. Principal photography begins this winter in New York. Velvet Octopus will serve as the film's sales company.

"Veronika" is the first project out of the gate for Das Films, founded this spring by Das and home to 15 pending projects. Hanley's Muse has produced a number of indie titles in the past nine years, including "American Psycho," "The Virgin Suicides" and "Buffalo 66." Stephan Paternot and Frakes' Palm Star are developing an adaptation of Peter Biskind's nonfiction book "Down and Dirty Pictures: Miramax, Sundance, and the Rise of Independent Film" as a feature narrative comedy, with Ken Bowser attached to direct. Palm Star also is developing a big-screen version of Bret Easton Ellis' novel "Lunar Park."

Bosworth stars opposite Sigourney Weaver in the drama "The Girl in the Park," which premiered Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival and marks the directorial debut of Pulitzer Prize-winning "Proof" playwright David Auburn. Bosworth rose to fame as Lois Lane in "Superman Returns" and next will be seen starring in "21" opposite Jim Sturgess and Kevin Spacey for Columbia Pictures.

Young received the 2004 BAFTA Carl Foreman Award for her first feature, "Kiss Of Life," which also was an official selection in the 2003 Cannes Un Certain Regard.

Screenwriter Larry Gross won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting award for "We Don't Live Here Anymore" at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. His other credits include "48 Hrs." and "Prozac Nation."

Brazilian author Coelho's novel "Veronika" has sold more than 9 million copies. He is best known for his book "The Alchemist."

Bosworth is represented by UTA, One Talent Management and attorney Warren Dern. Young is repped by UTA and Michelle Kass in the U.K. Gross is repped by ICM.