Julia Roberts and Viola Davis are set to star alongside each other in the film adaptation of Jodi Picoult’s Small Great Things.
Marc Platt, whose work has included La La Land, is set to produce the film with Adam Siegel. A screenwriter has yet to be announced.
Small Great Things follows the life of Ruth, a delivery nurse with 20 years experience, who is told not to touch the newborn child of a couple who are white supremacists. When the baby goes into cardiac arrest, Ruth sees no option but to assist. However the baby dies and Ruth is charged with negligent homicide.
In gripping dramas like Nineteen Minutes, My Sister’s Keeper and The Pact, Jodi Picoult has explored the big issues of our time through characters whose lives resonate with us. In Small Great Things, Picoult tackles race relations and in doing so immerses us in a story whose issues will linger with us long after the final pages.
Listen to Jodi chat about Small Great Things:
Small Great Things
'I don't want that nurse touching my baby.'
Those are the instructions from the newborn child's parents. However, when the baby goes into cardiac arrest, Ruth, a nurse of twenty years' experience, sees no option but to assist. But the baby dies. And Ruth is charged with negligent homicide.
Ruth is shattered and bewildered as she tries to come to terms with her situation. She finds different kinds of support from her sister, a fiery radical, and her teenage son, but it is to Kennedy McQuarrie, a white middle-class lawyer, to whom she entrusts her case, and her future...