Kirsten Dunst to Direct ‘The Bell Jar’

Kirsten Dunst is embarking on a new project, but this time, she will be behind the camera. The star is set to direct an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s semi-autobiographical novel, “The Bell Jar.”

Dunst is definitely taking charge of the film, co-writing the screenplay along with Nelli Kim. The new film stars Dakota Fanning as Esther Greenwood, whose slow descent into mental illness mirrors Plath’s own life.

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The book is now seen as an important feminist work and is part of the modern literary canon. Unfortunately, Plath never saw her only novel’s success, as she committed suicide only a month after its first UK publication in 1963.

Dunst’s version of the acclaimed novel is not the first screen adaptation, as it was turned into a film back in 1979. In 2003, Sylvia Plath’s life was also taken to the screen, in a biopic starring Gwyneth Paltrow. With any luck, Dunst will pull off a fantastic adaptation of the literary classic.

The 2005 edition of "The Bell Jar," image via Harper.
The 2005 edition of “The Bell Jar,” image via Harper.

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