Actress sets Christopher Buckley book

Charlize Theron’s Denver and Delilah Films has acquired screen rights to Christopher Buckley’s satirical novel “Florence of Arabia.” Theron will produce and develop the film as a star vehicle.

Pic will be written by Dean Craig.

“Florence of Arabia” is about a State Dept. employee (to be played by Theron) who, after watching her friend marry the prince of a Middle East country and subsequently get executed, fights for equal rights for the women of that country.

Theron will produce through Denver and Delilah. The Johnson-Roessler Co. will be exec producer.

Craig is writing “The French Exchange” for Pathe and Forward Films, and he scripted “Fresh,” a seven-episode series that airs on BBC in September. He also wrote “Death at a Funeral,” the 2007 comedy that is being remade by director Neil LaBute for Screen Gems.

Theron is repped by One Talent Management and WME, Craig by UTA and Principal Entertainment.

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