Eddie Izzard Joins Hailee Steinfeld in 'Carrie Pilby' (Exclusive)

Eddie Izzard

The adaptation centers on a 19-year-old genius who has just graduated from Harvard.

Actor-comedian Eddie Izzard has signed on to YA adaptation Carrie Pilby, starring Hailee Steinfeld.

Based on the coming-of-age novel by Caren Lissner, the film centers on a 19-year-old genius (Steinfeld) who has just graduated from Harvard and has no idea how to fit in or socialize in life outside college. And it seems that anticipation for the film adaptation is growing: The book, published by Harlequin, sold out on Amazon within hours of the announcement of the film two weeks ago.

Izzard will play the role of Dr. Petrov, the therapist who helps Carrie sort out her conflicted but comedic view of the world.

Susan Johnson will direct the indie.

Suzanne Farwell, a longtime producer of Nancy Meyers' films, originally found and fell in love with the book and is producing Carrie Pilby, which is aiming to shoot around May of this year. Kara Holden wrote the script, with Dean Craig working on later drafts. Susan Cartsonis will executive produce.

"I've been a fan of Eddie Izzard for years, have seen him several times in concert and in fact developed the adaptation of this role with him in mind," Johnson tells THR. "He's unique in the world of comedic actors and we couldn't be more thrilled to have him join our cast."

Izzard, known for his comedic performances and characters onstage, is currently on tour with his global one-man show, Force Majeure. His previous film appearances include Ocean's Twelve, Shadow of the Vampire, Across the Universe and Mystery Men.

He's repped by APA and the U.K.’s Conway Van Gelder.