Emma Stone is in early negotiations to play the lead character Skeeter Phelan in “The Help” for DreamWorks Pictures says Entertainment Weekly.
The story explores the complicated relationships between the upper class matriarchs and their servants in the American South of the early 1960’s.
Stone would play Skeeter Phelan, a white recent college graduate uncomfortable with the current social norms of Mississippi at the time – a time when black maids did all the work and received no respect.
Her plan is to pen a book detailing the life of the various maids in the area, but her research soon uncovers not just racism but cruelty and criminal action by white society women, some of them even her friends.
Tate Taylor is directing and adapting the script from Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel. Taylor, Brunson Green, Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus and Mark Radcliffe will produce.
Filming kicks off this summer in Mississippi.