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Anne Hathaway Eyeing GROUNDED at the Public This Spring; Julie Taymor to Direct

The Daily Mail writes that Anne Hathaway is in talks to appear onstage in George Brant's GROUNDED, a one-woman drama about an F16 pilot involved in airstrikes in the Middle East, at the Public Theater this spring. THE LION KING and SPIDER-MAN director Julie Taymor will helm and design the production.

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GROUNDED began at the Edinburgh Fringe Festiva before launching a UK tour, which will land at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre next week. The play also ran off-off-Broadway last year and has appeared at regional theaters across the U.S.

The official description of GROUNDED on Brant's website reads: "An unexpected pregnancy ends an ace fighter pilot's career in the sky. Reassigned to operate military drones from a windowless trailer outside Las Vegas, she hunts terrorists by day and returns to her family each night. As the pressure to track a high-profile target mounts, the boundaries begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she patrols half a world away."

Hathaway and Taymor are also reportedly in negotiations to adapt GROUNDED for the big screen.

Hathaway last appeared off-Broadway in Shakespeare in the Park's Twelfth Night in 2009. Before that, she starred in Children And Art on Broadway, Carnival! off-Broadway and in a UK reading of The Woman in White. The Oscar-winning actress can currently be seen on the big screen in Interstellar and recently appeared in the films Song One, Don Jon, Les Miserables and more.

Aside from Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and The Lion King, Tony winner Taymor has directed and designed Broadway's Juan Darien, as well as off-Broadway's The Green Bird, The Transposed Heads, Do Lord Remember Me, Black Elk Lives and The Haggadah, a Passover Cantata. She has also helmed Titus, Frida, Across the Universe, The Tempest and A Midsummer Night's Dream for the big screen.

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