Announced on Thursday, Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda and Candice Bergen are attached to star in upcoming comedy Book Club, the directorial debut from A Walk in the Woods producer Bill Holderman. Holderman will direct from his own script, which he co-wrote with Erin Simms. June Pictures’ Andrew Duncan and Alex Saks will produce with Holderman and Simms.
Alex Walton’s Bloom is launching international sales for the project in Cannes this month, with WME Global repping domestic rights and it’s sure to be one of the more appealing female-driven projects on offer.
Set in and around California, Book Club is a heartfelt comedy about four lifelong friends in their 60s who read 50 Shades of Grey in their monthly book club and have their lives changed forever. For these successful and intelligent women, this is not the type of book that they typically read, but as they soon find out, inspiration can come in the most unlikely of places.
Keaton will play Diane, who is recently widowed after 40 years of marriage while Fonda will also play her namesake, Jane, a woman who enjoys her men with no strings attached. Bergen plays Sharon, who is still working through a decades-old divorce while Carol (yet to be cast), a woman who’s 35-year-old marriage is in a slump, rounds out the foursome.
The pic is currently in pre-production.
June Pictures will also be in Cannes with Sean Baker’s The Florida Project, which is screening in Directors’ Fortnight.