Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   March 12, 2014

THEWRAP.COM – Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will direct the Indian Paintbrush movie, which Jesse Andrews adapted from his own novel

“Bates Motel” actress Olivia Cooke is in talks to star in the Indian Paintbrush movie “Me & Earl & the Dying Girl,” an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.

Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (“The Town That Dreaded Sundown”) will direct, while Dan Fogelman (“Imagine”) will produce. Jesse Andrews adapted his own debut novel, and the screenplay was voted to the Top 10 of the 2012 Black List.

A coming-of-age tale in the vein of classic John Hughes movies, “Me & Earl” follows a quirky high school student in Pittsburgh who is forced by his mother to befriend a sick girl he once knew when they attended Hebrew school together. Well-liked by every clique in school without actually belonging to any of them, the young man’s commitment to the new friendship changes his life.

While her deal has not closed, Cooke is negotiating to accept an offer to play the female lead, who battles leukemia in the novel.

A representative for Indian Paintbrush told TheWrap that no actors have been cast yet, as the company is still searching for the movie’s male star, who will obviously need to have chemistry with his leading lady.

The 20 year-old actress has been in high demand among genre producers of late, as she has Focus’ “The Signal” and Lionsgate’s “The Quiet Ones” on the horizon, as well as Universal’s “Ouija.”

While “Me & Earl” will represent an entirely different acting challenge than that trio of films, Cooke has experience playing illness on screen, as her “Bates Motel” character Emma Decody suffers from cystic fibrosis.

Cooke is represented by the Gersh Agency, Luber Roklin Entertainment and UK-based Shepherd Management.

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   March 08, 2014

DEADLINE – The sci-fi thriller that screened at Sundance will hit theaters June 13 before expanding the following two weekends. In the Focus Features pic, three college students on a road trip across the Southwest experience a detour: the tracking of a computer genius who has already hacked into MIT and exposed security faults. The trio find themselves drawn to an eerily isolated area when suddenly, everything goes dark. When one of the students, Nic, regains consciousness, he is in a waking nightmare. The Signal, from director William Eubank, stars Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp and Laurence Fishburne. Cutting Edge Group boarded the project during the Baja Film Festival in November.

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   January 03, 2014

ZAP2IT.COM – The premiere date for “Bates Motel” Season 2 has finally been revealed. Coming in at around the same time Season 1 premiered in 2012, the A&E series will return on March 3.

Olivia Cooke Central STAFF   December 19, 2013

DEADLINE – Olivia Cooke headlines the cast of Ouija, Universal’s horror film inspired by the Hasbro board game, with Douglas Smith as the male lead.

The pic follows a group of teens playing with a Ouija board, making contact with an evil spirit, and desperately trying to close the door they’ve opened before meeting their own fate. Daren Kagasoff alsouijao is in the cast. Stiles White directs Ouija and co-wrote the script with Juliet Snowden.

Michael Bay, Douglas SmithJason Blum, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form and Brian Goldner and Bennett Schneir are producing, and EVP Production Scott Bernstein is overseeing for Universal.

Cooke (Bates Motel) is repped by Gersh and manager Lena Roklin; Smith (Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters) is with Paradigm and Medavoy Management.