Naveen Andrews will star in the whimsical dramedy 'The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry,' based on the 2013 best-selling novel by Gabrielle Zevin, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.
The Lost alum will star as A.J. Fikry, a curmudgeonly Massachusetts small-town bookstore owner who withdraws even further from human relationships after his wife dies. The arrival of a mysterious package sets off a series of encounters and events that helps the grumpy widower rediscover the joy in a personal connection.
Zevin has adapted her own screenplay, and her frequent collaborator Hans Canosa will direct. The two will produce alongside Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra and Brian Keady. Fikry has been translated into more than 30 languages and has sold more than 4.5 million copies worldwide.
Canosa tells THR that it was a priority to stay true to the novel and cast an actor of South Asian descent in the lead role.