After swimming through Hollywood for over three years, the adaptation of Claire Messud's The Emperor's Children is finally gaining steam. Back then, the film was going to be helmed by Ron Howard, but as time moved on, Howard backed into the producer role and left the directorial seat open for the film's screenwriter, Noah Baumbach. Last month, Keira Knightley, Eric Bana, and Richard Gere signed onto the film, and now The Wrap reports that Michelle Williams is interested in one of the three leads.

Messud's bestseller focuses on three Brown graduates in their late twenties struggling to make something of themselves in the Upper West Side -- in the months before and after 9/11. Should Williams sign on, The Wrap thinks she'll be playing Danielle Minkoff, a television documentary producer hailing from the Midwest, although reps wouldn't confirm the guess.

What is certainly more interesting than the casting is the timing. After three years of nothing, the film is now boiling as another recent flick (which will not be named to keep this spoiler-free) was critically lambasted for its focus on New York life leading up to September 11. Will Baumbach's stab be any different? Were they just waiting for someone else to take on the theme and ease the emotional blow? Is this more kosher because the "twist" is out in the open? Time will tell...
CATEGORIES Casting, Cinematical