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Lauren Graham to Break Our Hearts and Make a Movie With the Wrong TV Daughter (Mae Whitman)

OK, she has no wrong TV daughters, but my emotions.

Look, I love Mae Whitman. No one is happier than me that she and Lauren Graham are working together again, and I’m sure they’ll do a great job adapting The Royal We into a movie, but it causes me very deep emotional pain to see Graham embark on a film project with one of her TV daughters that still won’t result in a Gilmore Girls movie, and I will make no apologies for that.

But in terms of lady-led film projects, this is one we’re definitely glad to see. Graham and Whitman will co-produce the movie, and Graham will write the screenplay herself, based on the novel by Heather Cox and Jessica Morgan—just like that time she was a playwright on Parenthood! … What? I can totally separate reality from fiction, thank you for asking.

The book’s synopsis on Amazon is:

American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face.

Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become.

Which is how she gets into trouble.

Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.

Variety reports that the plan is for Whitman to star, though there’s no word on any involvement by Graham in front of the camera. Either way, both of them are wonderful talents, and we’re unabashedly excited to see what comes from their collaboration.

And then I want Gilmore Girls: Ten Years Later, please.


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