'Florida Project' Breakout in Talks to Join Angelina Jolie in 'The One and Only Ivan' (Exclusive)

Getty Images
Brooklynn Prince (left), Angelina Jolie

Brooklynn Prince will star in the film written by Mike White ('School of Rock'), adapting the Newbery Medal-winning book by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao.

Brooklynn Prince, the breakout lead of acclaimed indie drama The Florida Project, may have just nabbed her first big studio feature.

Prince is in talks to join Angelina Jolie in The One and Only Ivan, Disney's adaptation of the Newbery Medal-winning book written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao.

Thea Sharrock, director of the tearjerker Me Before You, is helming Ivan, which has a script by Mike White and is intended to be a live-action hybrid. Prince and Jolie will make up part of the voice cast for the movie.

Published by HarperCollins in 2011, the book centers on a silverback gorilla named Ivan who lives in a cage in a shopping mall along with an elephant named Stella and a stray dog called Bob. Ivan does not remember life before the mall, but when a baby elephant named Ruby enters and Ivan finds himself taking care of her, he begins to rediscover his previous life and concocts a plan to take the baby elephant away from their abusive owner.

Prince will voice Ruby, opposite Jolie’s Stella.

Casting searches are underway to play the human characters.

Brigham Taylor (The Jungle Book) has boarded the project as a producer, joining Allison Shearmur — who was one of the producers on Disney’s live-action take on Cinderella as well as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story — and Jolie.

The Florida Project, which is slowly being unspooled by A24, has been generating major buzz this awards season.

Prince recently signed with UTA, and is also repped by Thirty Three Management and Hansen Jacobson.