Tony, Oscar and Emmy winner Ellen Burstyn and Gossip Girl star Blake Lively have signed on to star in Lee Toland Krieger's fantasy romance feature The Age of Adaline. According to Deadline.com, the duo will begin production on the film in March 2014. Lively is the latest star to be attached to the film, which has experienced numerous delays in recent years. No additional casting has been announced.
Written by J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz, with revisions by Allison Burnett, The Age of Adaline follows the miraculous life of the 29-year old title character (Lively), who stops aging after recovering from a near-fatal accident. Over the 20th century she embarks on an epic but isolated worldwide journey, keeping her secret, until she meets a man who forever alters her life.
Burstyn is a stage and screen veteran, having won Emmys in 2009 and 2013 for Law & Order: SVU and Political Animals, respectively, and an Oscar for Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (she was also nominated five more times). Her numerous Broadway credits include Picnic, 84 Charing Cross Road, Shirley Valentine, Sacrilege and Same Time, Next Year (for which she won her Tony).
Lively is well-known for her role as Serena van der Woodsen on TV's Gossip Girl. Her other TV and film credits include The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Town, Green Lantern and Savages.