Julia Roberts to produce film for Amazon

Actress Julia Roberts will produce and star in a film for Amazon Studios.
Actress Julia Roberts will produce and star in a film for Amazon Studios.

Julia Roberts has come on board to produce and star in a feature drama based on Chris Cleave's novel, Little Bee, for Amazon Studios.

Actress-writer Kathleen Robertson is writing the adaptation of Cleave's 2008 novel -- about a young Nigerian asylum-seeker named Little Bee and British magazine editor Sarah O'Rourke, who would be portrayed by Roberts. The two meet during a conflict in the Niger Delta and are reunited in England several years later.

Roberts will produce under her Red Om Films production company along with her producing partners Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill. Gil Netter will also produce.

Roberts recently starred in Lionsgate's hit drama Wonder, and will appear alongside Lucas Hedges in Peter Hedges' independent drama, Ben Is Back.

Australian Associated Press