Millie Bobby Brown, best known for her role in Stranger Things, has been attached to star in Netflix’s feature film adaption of the novel The Girls I’ve Been, written by Tess Sharpe. Deadline first broke the news and reported that Brown would also be producing alongside Jason Bateman (Ozark).
Bateman will produce under his Aggregate Films banner with his partner Michael Costigan, while Brown will produce through her PCMA Productions banner.
The Girls I’ve Been centers around Nora, to be played by Brown, a con artist who finds herself in a hostage situation at a bank. Using the tricks she has learned over the years, as well as her powers of persuasion and impersonation, she must now find a way to get herself, her ex-boyfriend and secret girlfriend free.
The project was brought in by Aggregate’s Tracey Nyberg and falls under the company’s overall deal with Netflix. Sharpe’s novel will be published by Penguin Random House at the beginning of 2021.
Both Brown and Bateman have seen major success with their lead roles in Stranger Things and Ozark, respectively, both of which earned Emmy nominations for Best Drama Series on Tuesday. With the stars of two of its biggest shows on board, Netflix is looking to continue this forward momentum in business with The Girls I’ve Been.
Brown will also be working with Netflix on her upcoming feature film Enola Holmes, where she will play Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes’ rebellious but brilliant teen sister, Enola. The film is set to arrive on the streaming service in September. Netflix is also developing the cancer drama film A Time Lost with Brown and her sister, Paige Brown. As for Stranger Things, while no official start date has been announced yet, the streaming service is looking to return to production to film the fourth season of the hit show as soon as it is safe to do so.
In addition to Ozark receiving an Emmy nomination for Best Drama Series, Bateman also earned his third nomination in a row for Best Actor for his role as financial advisor turned money launderer, Marty Byrde. It was also recently announced that the Ozark would be renewed for its fourth and final season on Netflix. At the end of last year, it was revealed that Bateman would be directing the New Line thriller Shut In.
Bateman is repped by CAA and Lighthouse Management and Media, and Brown is repped by WME and PCMA Management and Productions.
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