Jennifer Aniston is the first to join the cast of Dumplin’.
On Wednesday (March 15), Entertainment Weekly announced that the Cake actress will portray the mother of the rebel protagonist, Willowdean, in the Anne Fletcher-directed rework of Julie Murphy‘s 2015 young adult novel of the same name.
In November 2015, Variety first revealed that Disney had acquired the rights to adapt Murphy’s highly-acclaimed novel for the big screen. However, Deadline recently reported that Disney has since abandoned its involvement with the flick and that Ghost in the Shell producer Michael Costigan is expected to takeover, bringing the film under his COTA films emblem, with Kristin Hahn to write the script.
Murphy’s book follows an overweight yet confident protagonist named Willowdean, simply “Will” to her friends, who finds out her feelings for a boy called Private School Bo, a former jock, are reciprocated when he seems to take an interest in her. However, out of fear and uncertainty, Willowdean decides to enter the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant in an effort to win the affection of her crush, but more importantly to validate her own self-worth in spite of her mother, Rosie, a retired beauty queen who runs the Texas local pageant herself.
Murphy’s book is the first in a series and addresses themes of self-confidence and body image. Since its original publication in September 2015, Dumplin‘ has received generally positive reviews, with an average book rating of 3.8/5 stars on reading platforms such as Goodreads.
There have been no other cast announcements made as of yet, but we shall keep Dumplin’ in the loop as advancements are made.