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Casting news for Taika Waititi's feautre adaptation of 'Klara and the Sun' by Kazuo Ishiguro

Jenna Ortega and Amy Adams are set to star in the feautre adaptation of Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro, with newcomers Mia Tharia and Aran Murphy joining the cast. In its March 2021 publication by Alfred A. Knopf in the U.S. and Faber in the UK, the book debuted on the New York Times’ Best Sellers Hardcover Fiction List at #3 and the Indie Best Sellers Hardcover Fiction List at #1. 

Adapted by screenwriter Dahvi Waller, the film tells the story of Klara (Jenna Ortega), an Artificial Friend designed to prevent loneliness. Klara is purchased by a mother (Amy Adams) and a bright teen named Josie (Mia Tharia) who adores her new robot companion, but suffers from a mysterious illness. This is the story of Klara’s quest to save Josie and those who love her from heartbreak and how in the process Klara learns the power of human love. Aran Murphy makes his feature film debut as Rick, Josie’s best friend and next-door neighbor.

Taika Waititi has been attached to the project since the spring, and Kazuo Ishiguro is serving as an executive producer. Producers of the film adaptation are Heyday Films’ David Heyman, Garrett Basch, and Waititi.

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