A massive bestseller that’s also a favorite on BookTok, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid was bound to be adapted sooner or later. And on Thursday, March 24, Netflix announced that it was taking the story to the big screen…or whatever size screen you stream on.
The announcement came on Instagram, on the Netflix Film account, suggesting that the adaptation will be a movie and not a limited series (though we could totally see them making one episode per husband). Jenkins Reid’s other bestseller, Daisy Jones and the Six, is soon to be a TV series produced by Amazon Studios and Reese Witherspoon, with Riley Keough in the title role.
“⭐️Bestseller THE SEVEN HUSBANDS OF EVELYN HUGO is coming to Netflix!⭐️” said the caption on Netflix’s post, which continued with a brief summary of the plot: “This hugely popular tale centers around reclusive Hollywood legend Evelyn Hugo, who chooses an unknown reporter, Monique Grant, to tell her life story. Evelyn recounts her time in the Golden Age of Hollywood, her rise to fame, and her seven marriages—revealing stunning secrets and lies. But through it all one question remains: Why has she chosen Monique for her final confession?”
Read on for everything we know about the movie, which may include spoilers if you haven’t read the book!
What’s The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo about?
Short answer: A lot of things, but mostly…being bisexual. Long answer: A journalist is invited to an exclusive interview with old Hollywood star Evelyn Hugo. As the actor reveals more about her life—and the seven husbands she famously wed—it becomes clear that her public image is a far different one from her private self.
Who’s in the cast?
There hasn’t been an announcement yet, but we can hear agents’ phones ringing across Hollywood. Evelyn Hugo in the present day is supposed to be 79 in the book, so we imagine an established star might be cast. As for Evelyn’s younger self, it could an opportunity for a relatively unknown star to make her name.
Who is directing?
Not sure, but we could see Sofia Coppola doing the story justice. Just saying.
Who is writing?
Deadline reports that Liz Tigelaar will be “adapting,” though the outlet doesn’t specify if that means she will have sole writing credit or will oversee the process. Her previous credits include Little Fires Everywhere and The Morning Show.
When will it come out?
For Evelyn, coming out was a process. With movies it is much the same. TBD.