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Category: P.S. I Love You News
Article Date: August 26, 2006 | Publication: Daily Mail | Author: Alan Sherry
Source: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk//

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Oscar winner Hilary Swank cast as the widow as Cecelia Ahern's novel gets Hollywood treatment

Now, Cecelia Ahern's best-selling novel P.S. I Love You is set to storm Hollywood with the announcement that double Oscar-winner Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler are to star in the movie adaptation.

The story, which made Bertie Ahern's daughter a household name in her own right, centres on a grieving young widow whose husband has died from a brain tumour.

After his death, she discovers a box of letters with instructions to open one letter a month for the next ten months. Each letter contains a task to complete that helps her slowly to come to terms with his death and move on with her life.

Swank, 32, will star as the griefstricken Holly while 36-year-old Scotsman Butler takes the role of her late husband Gerry.

Butler previously starred in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and played Count Dracula in Dracula 2000, while Swank has won Oscars for her roles in Boys Don't Cry and Million-Dollar Baby.

The film will be directed by Richard LaGravenese, who previously worked with Swank on the film Freedom Writers.

LaGravenese adapted the novel with Steve Rogers, who wrote screenplays for The Horse Whisperer, The Bridges of Madison County and The Fisher King. The film will begin shooting in New York and Ireland in October.

Miss Ahern has had a hugely successful career since writing her debut novel P.S. I Love You when she was just 21 years old.

Some commentators questioned the E1million advance she received for the book and claimed the fact that she was the Taoiseach's daughter went a long way towards securing the lucrative contract.

However, Miss Ahern had the last laugh, as the novel became one of the best-selling books of 2004 reaching number one in Ireland, Britain, the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands. It was released in 50 countries before Hollywood called.

While her romantic offerings may not be regarded as works of literary genius, they have certainly captured the imagination of many book-lovers. The 24-year-old's second novel, Where Rainbows End, earned Miss Ahern the 2005 Corine Award and the 2005 Irish Post Award for Literature.

P.S. I Love You looks set to be the start of a very successful relationship with Hollywood for Miss Ahern.

Her third novel, If You Could See Me Now, which came out last November, has been optioned by Walt Disney Pictures with a view to making it into a musical for Craig Zadan & Neil Meron, producers of Oscarwinning movie Chicago.

The romantic tale follows two lost souls who find each other.

X-Men star Hugh Jackman is expected to star as the imaginary friend of a young boy.

Ahern's latest novel, A Place Called Here, is due to be released in October.

trose autumn schedules alongside a snapshot from the cover of this week's RTE Guide.

The first picture shows a middleaged man who although admittedly well-preserved has grey hair, a lined face and bags under his eyes.

The magazine shot, however, portrayed Pat as a veritable matinee idol with flawless skin, translucent blue eyes, blond hair and no sign of any wrinkles. When the Mail tried to get to the bottom of the riddle yesterday, our reporters drew a blank.

No one at the Guide was available to explain how the presenter came to look so dashing. When we tracked down Mr Kenny, his spokesman curtly replied: 'We have nothing to say on it and have no interest in the photographs.' Beauty experts reckon that it is unlikely that Mr Kenny who lives with his wife Kathy and their two children in Dalkey, south Dublin resorted to botox to reclaim the glory of his gilded youth. Instead, they reckon, footsoldiers on the Guide's staff decided to give him a digital touch-up.

And the result is, to be fair, pretty dramatic.

Of course, it is impossible to speculate exactly how long it took the magazine's artistic souls to give Pat his electronic facelift.

Whatever the answer, it certainly succeeded in rolling back the years if only temporarily for the national broadcaster's highestpaid star.

 


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