WEEK IN WOMEN: Toni Collette to direct WRITERS AND LOVERS – Brandy McDonnell reports

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Oscar-nominated actor Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Hereditary, Knives Out) will make her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Lily King’s 2020 novel Writers and Lovers.

Along with helming, Collette produce under her Vocab Films banner and write the script with Nick Payne (Wanderlust, The Crown).

A New York Times best-seller, King’s fifth novel is set in the summer of 1997. Blindsided by her mother’s sudden death and devastated by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody arrives in Massachusetts without a plan. A former child golf prodigy, she waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a tiny, moldy room where she works on writing the novel she’s been penning for six years. Now 31, Casey is still clinging to a dream nearly all her old friends have let go of: the desire to live a creative life. When she falls for two different men at the same time, her world becomes even more complicated. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.