Linney joins Johansson in lit adaptation

Laura Linney has signed on to star alongside Scarlett Johansson in “The Nanny Diaries” for the Weinstein Co.

Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini did the adaptation of Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus’ bestselling book of the same name and will direct.

Story centers on Annie Braddock (Johansson), a young woman from New Jersey who ends up in the elite culture of Manhattan’s Upper East Side as a nanny for a wealthy family, referred to as simply “the Xs.” Linney will star as the head of the household, Mrs. X, who forces Annie to cater to her every whim.

Richard Gladstein is producing the project through his shingle FilmColony, with Dany Wolf as executive producer. Gladstein bought the feature film rights to “Nanny Diaries” prior to its March 2003 publication and set it up at Miramax Films before moving it over to the Weinstein Co. last year following the Disney divorce.

Co-prexy of production Michael Cole and veep of production Kelly Carmichael will oversee the project at TWC.

Linney — coming off “The Squid and the Whale” — also just got cast to star opposite Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman in Fox Searchlight’s “Savages” for writer-director Tamara Jenkins. She will lense both pics simultaneously. “Nanny Diaries” will be shot entirely in New York City.

Gladstein recently wrapped production on the John Madden-directed “Killshot,” also for the Weinstein Co. In addition to “Nanny Diaries,” Gladstein is also readying “Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium,” to star Natalie Portman and Dustin Hoffman. Production on that pic is skedded to start in April.

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