Messud's book, unusually for a title in development, hit shelves way back in 2007. The story follows three Brown College graduates in their late 20s looking ahead to their lives with no little trepidation. The story takes place a few months before and then a few months after 9/11 in New York.
Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha) was attached back in 2010, wrote a script and was in the process of looking for a cast, with Keira Knightley (Anna Karenina), Richard Gere (Amelia) and Eric Bana (Lone Survivor) all mooted. Bell may give the screenplay her own spin, or she may decide to direct the piece as is, either way it remains to be seen if she can push the project closer to the screen than Baumbach managed.
Acting wise, Bell is part of action thriller The Coup with Owen Wilson (Midnight In Paris) and Pierce Brosnan (The Ghost) and stars opposite Simon Pegg (The World's End) in offbeat romantic comedy drama Man Up, due next year. She'll next be on our screens opposite Jon Hamm (Sucker Punch) in Million Dollar Arm, which arrives on 29 August.