Thesp up for adaptation of best-selling Stockett tome

DreamWorks Studios is courting Emma Stone to play one of the lead roles in the bigscreen adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling tome “The Help.”

Insiders stressed that negotiations are in the early stages.

Set in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 1960s, “The Help” explores how the unspoken code of behavior governing Southern households is shattered when an aspiring writer interviews a maid, who speaks candidly about her experiences. The interview sets off shock waves that reverberate across the entire community.

Stone would play the role of Skeeter, the writer.

Tate Taylor, a childhood friend of Stockett’s, will direct from his adapted script. He had acquired the film rights to the novel from Stockett.

Chris Columbus, Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe will produce via their shingle 1492 Pictures. Taylor also will produce with his partner at Harbinger Pictures, Brunson Green.

Stone (“Superbad,” “Zombieland”) is next in theaters with 20th Century Fox’s “Marmaduke,” due out in June, and Screen Gems’ “Easy A,” out in September.

She’s repped by WME and Raw Talent.

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