Screen legend Meryl Streep is set to star as a librarian in the screen adaptation of Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World. See photos and video of the Oscar winning actress who is embarking on her latest role.
The best-selling nonfiction book by Vicki Myron with Bret Witter is based on a remarkable real-life story. Meryl Streep will portray the author of the book, a small-town librarian who found a stray kitten in the after-hours book return slot. The story explores how the stray, named Dewey Readmore Books, became the library mascot and impacted the lives of the people living in Spencer, Iowa for 19 years.
But the story of Dewey went far beyond the small town. When he died in 2006, his obituary ran in more than 250 newspapers, including the New York Times. The following year, Grand Central Publishing paid Vicki Myron and her co-author Bret Witter $1.2 million for Dewey’s life story.
In an interview, Myron talked about her intentions in telling the remarkable story of the orange tabby cat whose photo appears on the book’s cover.
Dewey’s story is timeless: a tale of survival and triumph over adversity. I wanted both his fans and those who never knew him to be inspired and love him as I did.
Now New Line Cinema has acquired the screen rights.Temple Hill Entertainment partners Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey will produce the movie and Pamela Gray will write the screenplay. Gray wrote the screenplay for the 1999 movie “Music of the Heart” starring Meryl Streep.
This will be Meryl Streep’s second movie with an Iowa setting. Previously, she costarred with Clint Eastwood, who also produced and directed, the 1995 movie “The Bridges of Madison County,” a screen adaptation of Robert James Waller’s best-selling novel. The highly celebrated actress has a long history of appearing in critically acclaimed screen adaptations of books, including “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981), “Out of Africa” (1985) and “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) for which she won a Best Actress Academy Award.
More photos and a video of Meryl Streep are below.
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