Following a thorough search, newcomer Grace Kaufman has landed the lead role in Apple and A24’s The Sky Is Everywhere, an adaptation of the Jandy Nelson YA novel.
The role was coveted, with Kaufman beating out a slew of actresses competing for the part that has the potential to launch an up-and-coming film career. It also marks Kaufman’s first lead role in a major studio film. A24 had no comment.
Nelson will adapt and write the script from her own novel, and Josephine Decker, who helmed Madeline’s Madeline and the Elisabeth Moss-starrer Shirley, is attached to direct. The novel follows a teen as she works through the loss of her sister. Her journey includes accidentally falling in love.
Denise Di Novi and Margaret French Isaac will produce for Di Novi Pictures, alongside Decker.
The film falls in with the rest of the development slate that is part of the A24 and Apple partnership, which began with the upcoming Sofia Coppola pic On the Rocks, which stars Bill Murray and Rashida Jones.
Kaufman has mainly worked in TV, appearing on such shows as TNT’s The Last Ship and CBS’ Man With a Plan, where she played Matt LeBlanc’s daughter.
On the film side, her credits include the indie Sister opposite Reid Scott and All Summer’s End. She is repped by CESD and RSM Talent Management.