The Great Gilly Hopkins is an upcoming drama film directed by Stephen Herek (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, 101 Dalmatians, The Three Musketeers) and written by David L. Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia). It is based on Katherine Paterson’s 1978 children’s book of the same name, about a headstrong girl who wants to find a place to call home. The film stars Sophie Nélisse (The Book Thief), Kathy Bates, Julia Stiles, Octavia Spencer, Bill Cobbs, and Glenn Close.
Wisecracking, gum-chewing 12-year-old Gilly (Nélisse) is well known in the foster system. Totally unmanageable, she has stayed with more families than she can remember and has outwitted them all. After all, how can she settle down when her real mother, the beautiful and glamourous Courtney (Stiles), might be out there waiting for her? When Gilly is sent to live with the Trotters, the weirdest family yet, she isn’t planning to stick around. But cheerful, affectionate Maime Trotter (Bates) isn’t giving up on Gilly just yet - she is sure there’s a hurt little girl in there somewhere. Gilly knows she has to escape, and if she can’t run then she’ll lie her way out. But her grand plan doesn’t go as intended, and she starts to think maybe she was wrong about Trotter. Maybe wrong about everything.
- via WestEnd Films