Bridgerton star Phoebe Dynevor's new project is set to be the next big thing on TV.
It was the debut novel that sold countless copies, was longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction, and prompted endless comparisons to Sally Rooney. Now, Naoise Dolan's bestselling Exciting Times is set to get its very own TV adaption—and Bridgerton's Phoebe Dynevor is stepping into the starring role.
Centring on Ava (Dynevor), a young Irish woman who moves to Hong Kong to work as a TEFL teacher and becomes entangled in a love triangle with banker Julian and lawyer Edith, the book was widely acclaimed when published last year.
Now, it's been announced that not only will Phoebe star in the glossy book-to-TV adaption, but she will also executive produce it.
Currently in development at Amazon Studios, the project will be backed by US producer Black Bear Pictures, which optioned rights to the book ahead of its release in the US last year.
As reported by Deadline, Cooper Raiff will co-write the series alongside Dolan, and the pair will also join Phoebe as executive producers.
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Phoebe was skyrocketed to stardom earlier this year following her turn as Daphne in steamy Regency romance Bridgerton.
Though her character is set to take more of a backseat role in series two of Netflix's most-watched original series of all time (yes, really), the actor has previously spoken of how she is taking her character "to the next level".
“I’m able to play her as this sort of empowered adult that has a child now and knows what it means to be a woman and a wife,” she told W magazine.
"It's fun getting to play her in a very different way. She really knows herself at this point. So to explore what it means for her to have all those things that she longed for in the first season, it's really a joy."
Phoebe, who is the daughter of fellow actor Sally Dynevor—best-known for her long-running role as Sally Webster in Coronation Street—has also previously spoken of why she doesn't mind her parents seeing her onscreen sex scenes.
"Luckily they are in the industry so I guess they probably understand more than most," she said during an awards panel earlier this year. "I think they are really proud to see me work so hard on the show."
The upcoming adaption of Naoise Dolan's novel won't be a huge departure for the actor, though, as it's packed with enough relationship drama to rival all the Bridgertons put together.
Though further details of the series are yet to emerge, one thing we can all be certain of is that there are some exciting times ahead for Phoebe Dynevor.
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