Christina Hendricks Reads Campbell Scott's 'Book of Common Prayer'
After ditching Peter Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man, actor Campbell Scott (who played Richard Parker) is getting behind the camera again to adapt Joan Didion's 1977 novel, A Book of Common Prayer. And following his journey to TV a few years ago with "Six Degrees," the director is using some TV talent to bring the project to life as Variety reports "Mad Men" and Drive star Christina Hendricks will star in the story of an American woman who arrives in a fictional Central American country on the verge of revolution and imagines it is the place where she will be reunited with her fugitive 19-year-old daughter.
However, the official book description paints a slightly different picture:
A Book of Common Prayer' is the story of two American women in the derelict Central American nation of Boca Grande. Grace Strasser-Mendana controls much of the country's wealth and knows virtually all of its secrets; Charlotte Douglas knows far too little. "Immaculate of history, innocent of politics," she has come to Boca Grande vaguely and vainly hoping to be reunited with her fugitive daughter. As imagined by Didion, her fate is at once utterly particular and fearfully emblematic of an age of conscienceless authority and unfathomable violence.
The story is said to be told through that of an American anthropologist who has been married into the ruling family, and tries to learn the motivation behind Charlotte's journey. Newcomers Rachel LeMin and Joyce McKee adapted the book for Scott, who has also directed films like Off the Map and Company Retreat. While his previous directing efforts have been more low key, having someone like Hendricks take the lead should get some more eyes on the project. At the very least, this sounds like a great project to debut at Sundance or another festival down the road. Interested?