Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel The Help—which explores the social hierarchies of race in 1960s Mississippi—will soon be gracing the big screen, courtesy of DreamWorks. Although the film adaptation is still in the early stages, the studio is hoping to sign on Emma Stone (of Superbad and Zombieland fame) to take on the role of Skeeter Phelan, a young journalist who sets out to disrupt the status quo.
According to Variety, The Help’s screenplay was written by Tate Taylor, a longtime friend of Stockett. Taylor will also direct the movie.
Stone has projects stacking up; her next two films, Marmaduke and Easy A, hit theaters in June and September, respectively. And the actress has reportedly just signed on to an unnamed project with Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling as well.