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Dee Rees to Direct Adaptation of Joan Didion Novel ‘The Last Thing He Wanted’

Dee Rees attends the Gala Presentation of Mudbound at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Canada on September 12, 2017.
Dee Rees attends the Gala Presentation of Mudbound at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, Canada on September 12, 2017.

*“Mudbound” director Dee Rees will dive into politics for her next project.

The filmmaker will take on author Joan Didion’s political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted, which follows a Washington Post journalist thrown unexpectedly into the dangerous world of arms dealing, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“This work is one of my favorite Joan Didion novels and is a brilliant and layered piece of fiction,” said Rees. “I am forever attracted to interesting, unexpected characters and Didion is one of the greatest masters of the form. I’m so excited to be able to interpret this literary masterpiece.”

Marco Villalobos adapted the book that was acquired last year by Elevated’s Cassian Elwes, who worked with Rees on “Mudbound.”

Rees’ other credits include the indie hit “Pariah” and the Emmy-winning HBO film “Bessie.”

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