Actress-writer Kathleen Robertson (“Murder in the First”) is writing the adaptation of Cleave’s 2008 novel — originally published as “The Other Hand” — about a young Nigerian asylum-seeker named Little Bee and British magazine editor Sarah O’ Rourke, who would be portrayed by Roberts. The two meet during a conflict in the Niger Delta and are reunited in England several years later.
Roberts will produce under her Red Om Films production company along with her producing partners Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill. Gil Netter will also produce.
It was reported in 2009 that Nicole Kidman was attached to star in and produce a “Little Bee” adaptation with BBC Films, but that project never came to fruition.
Roberts recently starred in Lionsgate’s hit drama “Wonder,” and will