Mae Whitman to star in "The DUFF"?

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Emma Watson stars in this romantic drama film written and directed by Stephen Chbosky. The story revolves around an introverted freshman named Charlie as he copes with his mental issues while trying to find a place to belong. He's eventually taken under the wing of two seniors who do their best to welcome him into the real world. Also starring a handful of hot Hollywood actors and actresses including Kate Walsh, Dylan McDermott, Nina Dobrev, Paul Rudd, Mae Whitman & Melanie Lynskey.
April 10th, 2014

Mae Whitman is in talks for 'The DUFF'.

The 25-year-old actress is negotiating a role in the high school flick which follows a teenage girl who becomes determined to reinvent herself after learning that her 'friends' have labelled her DUFF, their designated ugly fat friend, reports variety.com.

Ari Sandel - whose 2005 'West Bank Story' won an Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film - will helm the movie from Josh A. Cagan's adaptation of Kody Keplinger's novel of the same name.

Joseph McGinty 'McG' Nichol and Mary Viola are producing with Lane Shefter Bishop while Mark Ross and Alex Ginno are overseeing the project.

The film is expected to begin shooting in Atlanta this summer.

Whitman - who made her acting debut at the age of six opposite Meg Ryan in 1994 'When a Man Loves a Woman' - recently voiced Peter Pan's well known acquaintance in 'Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy' who she first played in 2008's 'Tinker Bell'.