If you haven’t read Susannah Cahalan’s Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness, you should pick up a copy. When she was 24, the author woke up strapped to a hospital bed with no means of moving or speaking, and no memory of how she got there. A promising young journalist for The New York Post, she used her skills to investigate her own life and piece together the events that led to her mental break by interviewing her friends and family, pouring over security footage from the hospital, and interviewing the doctors and nurses who treated her. What she discovered changed her life forever. Now, this true tale is becoming a movie with Kick-Ass’ Chloe Grace Moretz in the lead role, and the actress will be joined by some stellar co-stars.
Lastly, Richard Armitage, who’s known for playing Thorin Oakenshield in the Hobbit trilogy, will play Susannah’s dad, Tom Cahalan. Aside from the world of Tolkien, Armitage has appeared on Hannibal as Francis Dolarhyde, in the found-footage disaster film Into the Storm, and he also had a small role in the first Captain America movie as Heinz Kruger, the assassin who shot Stanley Tucci’s Dr. Abraham Erskine. Given the buzz around the memoir, this project is an interesting choice for everyone involved.
Brain on Fire is directed by Gerard Barrett and is currently in production in Vancouver. The film doesn’t have a release date set just yet, though it’s slated for 2016.