Tilda Swinton joins 'Talk About Kevin'

Lynne Ramsay film based on Lionel Shriver novel

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CANNES -- Tilda Swinton is attached to take the lead in Lynne Ramsay's big-screen adaptation "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

The movie, based on Lionel Shriver's novel, tells the story of a smart, educated New York mother who does her best to raise a son she never wanted in the first place. He turns out to be extremely difficult and is at the center of the woman's marital breakdown before going on a killing spree at his high school with a crossbow.

The movie is being produced by Jennifer Fox, whose credits include "Michael Clayton," the film for which Swinton won a supporting actress Oscar in 2008.

The film has been developed by BBC Films, the pubcaster's filmmaking unit, which will executive produce the project. The BBC has been nurturing the project for more than two years.

Ramsay burst onto the scene as one of the U.K.'s hottest young art house auteurs with her debut, "Ratcatcher," which unspooled in Cannes in 1999.

Her sophomore pic, "Morvern Callar," starred Samantha Morton. "Kevin" will mark her third feature film.