Emma Stone is attached to play John F. Kennedy's sister Rosemary Kennedy in "A Letter From Rosemary Kennedy," a script by Nick Yarborough that WME is currently shopping to studios and independent financiers, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
Rosemary was the eldest child of Joseph and Rose Kennedy who suffered from intellectual disabilities and underwent one of the first prefrontal lobotomies at age 23 — a procedure that went horribly wrong and left her with the mental abilities of a toddler. Her condition was long kept secret from the public — and even her own family — though it eventually inspired her sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver to found the Special Olympics.
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Emma Stone to play JFK's sister in 'A Letter From Rosemary Kennedy'
11th May 1938: Rose Kennedy (centre), wife of multi-millionaire and US ambassador to Britain Joseph Kennedy, and two of her daughters, Kathleen Kennedy (Marchioness of Hartington) and Rosemary Kennedy (right), leaving to be presented at Court. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 01: Washington, December 1937. On the left: Joseph Patrick KENNEDY, his daughters Jean (age 9), Eunice (age 16) and Patricia (age 13). Behind them is John Fitzgerald KENNEDY (future president of the United States). On the right: Rose Fitzgerald KENNEDY with her sons and daughters, Joseph KENNEDY JR. (age 22), Rosemary (age 19), Robert (age 12) leaning on the chimney, Kathleen (age 17) and Edward (age 6). (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Rosemary And Eunice Kennedy With Edward Moore On Arrival At Plymouth In 1938 (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)
Rosemary, John, Eunice, Joseph Jr, and Kathleen Kennedy, Hyannisport, Massachusetts, Summer 1925. (Photo by PhotoQuest/Getty Images)
Seated at right, American socialite and philanthrophist Rose Kennedy (1890 - 1995) poses with her children, from left, Joseph P Kennedy Jr (1915 - 1944), John F Kennedy (1917 - 1963), Kathleen Kennedy (1920 - 1948), Rosemary Kennedy (1918 - 2005), and Eunice Kennedy, Brookline, Massachussetts, 1921. (Photo by Bachrach/Getty Images)
Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., is shown surrounded by his family. Clockwise, from bottom left: Robert, Eunice, John, Kathleen, Joe Jr., Rosemary, wife Rose, Teddy, Patricia and Jean. (AP Photo)
Here are the children of Joseph Kennedy, American Ambassador to the court of St. James, who with their parents attended the coronation of Pope Pius XII in Rome, Italy in 1939. The youngsters have been filling up their days with unescorted explorations of the eternal city. Here they are amid the ruins of the forum (L to R); Bobby, Eunice, Jean, Patricia, Rosemary and Teddy. (AP Photo)
Seven of the nine children of Ambassador and Mrs. Joseph Kennedy are shown (above) as they prepared to leave London, March 8, 1939 for Rome to witness papal coronation ceremonies, where their father was official U.S. representative. Left right they are: Robert, Patricia, Jean, Kathleen, Rosemary, Teddy, and Eunice. Unable to attend the ceremonies were Joseph Kennedy, Jr., who was in Madrid and John F. Kennedy, now an embassy clerk. (AP Photo)
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"Letter" will focus on the final days of Rosemary Kennedy, who died in January 2005 at the age of 84.
Yarborough works as an assistant for Richard Arlook, who will produce the film with Allard Cantor and Jarrod Murray of Epicenter, who discovered the script on the Black List website. They now represent Yarborough along with Simon Faber and Tanya Cohen of WME.
"A Letter From Rosemary Kennedy" was selected as a 2015 Nicholl Semifinalist and a PAGE Screenwriting Contest Finalist. The project is expected to generate lots of interest in Hollywood.
Having recently worked with Woody Allen, Cameron Crowe and Alejandro G. Inarritu, Stone next stars opposite Ryan Gosling in Damien Chazelle's musical "La La Land." Stone will soon play Billie Jean King in "Battle of the Sexes" and she's also set to star in Disney's "Cruella." She's represented by WME, Anonymous Content and Ziffren Brittenham.