The Bell Jar Tolls For Stiles

Julia Stiles (“The Bourne Identity,” “Save the Last Dance”) will star in and produce an adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s sole novel – the autobiographical tome “The Bell Jar” for Plum Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

The 1950s-era drama centers on young book editor Esther Greenwood (Stiles), who grows troubled by the social trappings of her time and slowly descends into mental illness.

Stiles spent a full two years optioning rights to the coveted project from StudioCanal. Since its first film incarnation in 1979, film rights to the 1963 novel have been held by various parties.

Tristine Skyler will pen the script adaptation and shooting is expected to begin in early 2008.