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Katherine Heigl to Star In, Produce Carolyn Jessop's Memoir, Escape

Katherine Heigl to Take On Carolyn Jessop's Polygamy Story


Carolyn Jessop's memoir Escape will be adapted for the big screen, with Katherine Heigl attached to star and produce, Variety reports. Jessop, whose testimony helped convict polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs, "was born into the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints sect. At 18 she married a man 32 years her senior; at 35, she fled with her eight children."

Another memoir focusing on this same Warren Jeffs case was also recently acquired by a movie studio, Elissa Wall's Stolen Innocence. Apparently this particular case is becoming a favorite headline for filmmakers to rip.

Do you think Heigl will do well with this weighty drama?

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dmw61003 dmw61003 7 years
I personally think that Natalie Portman would have been GREAT in this role. For Elissa Wall's movie I would cast Arianna Richards (Jurrasic Park)
SweetGeorgia SweetGeorgia 7 years
i loved her as the desperate frontierwoman in loves enduring promise that series really showed her acting range.
caroland8 caroland8 7 years
IMO she doesn't have the acting ability for this. Still can't believe she got an emmy last year, especially edging out SO & CW who are both far better actors.
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 7 years
I think she will do great in this role. Her acting was excellent in 'Love Comes Softly' which was about a very young pioneer who suddenly becomes widowed, and the challenges and decisions she had to make in order to survive the winter.
beingtazim beingtazim 7 years
I think she'll do well. this sounds like an interesting movie.
erinflower erinflower 7 years
I don't think she can pull it off, she is not a very good actress imo.
stone_soup stone_soup 7 years
No way.. She's too lightweight an actress. I don't think she could carry off the emotional trauma and turmoil.
megnmac megnmac 7 years
I hope that the ongoing criminal cases aren't going to face the same problems AlphaDog created... publicity can create claims that there is no way to have a fair trial... then again, more people learning about this culture may make them better able (ha, only if the movies are accurate)...
susanec susanec 7 years
Although I know they're totally, totally different (I'm from Idaho), KH was raised Mormon in Utah so she won't be unfamiliar with the subject. She'll be fine.
MindayH MindayH 7 years
After seeing Carolyn interviewed, I would not have cast KH - interesting.
piper23 piper23 7 years
If only she could act as well as she smokes. Love her husband's music though!
emalove emalove 7 years
I personally think she's a great actress and I'm glad she's taking on a different kind of role. I'll definitely see it, I love Katherine.
stephley stephley 7 years
I just don't like Heigl at all and I don't think she can act.
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 7 years
I think she will do a great job and good for her for doing something different and also bringing attention to a subject that not many people know about!
frogandprince frogandprince 7 years
I can totally see her as a sort of desperate character
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