Jeff Bridges to Lead Lake Bell's 'The Emperor's Children' Adaptation
After pulling double duty in 2010 with TRON: Legacy and True Grit, it's been a rough few years for Jeff Bridges with duds like R.I.P.D., The Giver and The Seventh Son. But maybe he can turn it around with his new project, an adaptation of Claire Messud's novel The Emperor's Children that will be directed by actress Lake Bell for her sophomore directing effort following In a World a few years ago. The film hails from Imagine Entertainment with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard producing from a script by Noah Baumbach. THR reports Bridges will play legendary journalist and liberal opinion-maker Murray Thwaite.
The story follows three entitled but unsuccessful characters, Marina Thwaite, Danielle Minkoff and Julian Clarke, who were buddies at Brown and now orbit the life of the aforementioned famous journalist in the months before and after the events of 9/11. Things are shaken up by the arrival of two new people in their social group, a fiercely ambitious Aussie named Ludovic who woos Marina to gain entrée into society (meanwhile planning to destroy Murray's reputation), and Murray's nephew, Frederick "Bootie" Tubb, an immature, idealistic college dropout and autodidact who is determined to live the life of a New York intellectual. threatening to throw everything into upheaval.
That sounds like a drastically different project for Lake Bell as a director, and bringing Jeff Bridges into the fray should bring weight to the proceedings. Plus, knowing that Baumbach is adapting this pure New York City tale just seems perfect. It all feels a little entitled and uppity, but that's no reason for there not to be a good story here. The question is who will play the three girls and also these two new disturbances in their world. I keep picturing Greta Gerwig as Marina, but I haven't even read the book, so I don't know if that works for the character or not. Anyway, we'll definitely keep our eye on this one.