Emma Watson has just signed on for the film adaptation of Queen of the Tearling, the debut novel by Erika Johansen.
Variety is reporting that the project is still in development — no director has been attached yet — but David Heyman, who worked with Watson on the Harry Potter films, is producing.
The book doesn't hit shelves until next year, but Johansen graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and according to reports, she got a seven-figure book deal and was moved by POTUS:
The 35-year-old Johansen says she heard then-Sen. Obama give a speech in 2007 and was inspired to create the series' idealistic heroine, 19-year-old Kelsea Glynn. The publisher is billing the books as a female version of George R.R. Martin's "Game of Thrones."
More on the plot:
Set three centuries after a small portion of the human race has populated a landmass that mysteriously emerged in the wake of an environmental catastrophe, the series follows nineteen-year-old princess Kelsea Glynn, who must reclaim her deceased mother’s throne and redeem her kingdom, the Tearling, from forces of corruption and dark magic of The Red Queen, the sorceress-tyrant of the neighboring country, Mortmesne. According to [editor Maya Ziv], “Erika’s masterful storytelling, combined with her ability to transport the reader to another fully-realized world, makes her an exciting new talent.”
Sounds kind of Hunger Games meets Snow White and the Huntsman via Westeros. Questions we need answers to ASAP: Will there be dragons? Will there be people of color? Will the costumes be lust-worthy?
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