Michael Sucsy, the director behind the film The Vow, is officially set to helm Fox 2000’s adaptation of Megan Abbott’s novel “Dare Me.” The studio also appears to be eyeing Natalie Portman for the lead role according to Deadline. The novel was published last year and received wide acclaim from critics and readers.
The official plot for “Dare Me” is as follows:
Addy Hanlon and Beth Cassidy are the varsity cheerleaders all the other girls fear and admire, the unchallenged rulers of their high school kingdom. But everything changes when the new coach arrives. Cool and commanding, Coach French seems perfect in every way, a charismatic presence who overturns the girls’ established pecking order and still manages to gain their fierce allegiance in the process.
Then a shocking event upends their fragile peace, and a police investigation begins circling in on the coach and her squad. As the girls’s season moves towards its highly anticipated finale, Addy and Beth are forced to ask where their loyalties lie as they stakes grow higher, and more dangerous.
The screenplay for the adaptation is being written by the author herself and Karen Rosenfelt is attached to produce. There is no word yet on if Portman has accepted the role or when the project will begin production.