Saturday, February 17, 2007

It's a book-turned-movie-deal that rivals "Bridget Jones' Diary."

"The Devil Wears Prada" is an even closer approximation. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, authors Helen Fielding and Lauren Weisberger can pat themselves on the backs as first the novel "Because She Can" by Bridie Clark is released and now "Devil In The Junior League" signs Jennifer Garner to produce the film version and possibly star in it.

There are great characters to play:

*a spoiled, selfish debutante who invests her father's money in shoes and sweater sets (and, to be fair, runs an art gallery, even if it's losing money) but is robbed and abandoned by her husband

*a rough-around-the-edges divorce lawyer who takes her case in exchange for making his trashy wife Nikki a member of the Junior League, a charity group that is still invitation-only in this fictional Texas town (In actuality, the Junior League is no longer the closed netwoek of ladies who lunch. Females who want to do volunteer work and fundraise are welcome to join and give back to the community. Today, many are career women)

*Nikki, the poor girl who married new money, still wears leopard print and thinks it's a good idea to spike people's drinks

Jennifer Garner Joins 'Devil In The Junior League'

Jennifer Garner will produce and possibly star in the film "Devil In The Junior League." The movie, based on a novel by Linda Francis Lee, will revolve around a stuffy Southern socialite whose husband disappears with another woman and her fortune.

The woman turns to a lawyer who agrees to take on her case in exchange for helping his gaudy, less-than appropriate wife become a society lady who can gain entry into the Junior League, a women's educational and charitable organization.

It is not known whether Garner is likely to play the socialite or the woman in need of a makeover.

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