Octavia Spencer has confirmed that she is set to play the role of God in an adaptation of the best-selling novel The Shack.
The Shack is written by Willam. P. Young and was published in 2007. It is the tale of a man whose daughter is abducted during a family vacation and evidence leads authorities to believe she has been murdered. Four years later the man receives a note from God to return to the shack where the police discovered the murder evidence. Against his better judgement he accepts.
The film is being directed by Stuart Hazeldine who also directed the 2009 movie Exam. The novel has been adapted by John Fusco who wrote Forbidden Kingdom. According to reports, production of the film is set to start this spring.
Lionsgate gained the rights to the film in 2013, and it will be a major film for the production house as the novel has sold more than than 18 million copies worldwide in 39 languages, with 10 million in the US.
Of her role, Spencer told USA Today that she is somewhat daunted by the prospect. “Those are huge shoes to fill. Morgan Freeman has done it and he’s been quite effective. I’m just going to try to bring some wisdom to it…It’s overwhelming.” She went on to say that “People have to remember it’s a manifestation of God. How (the main character) sees God. Not necessarily how or who or what God is.” When asked about her preparation for the role she replied with “You don’t prepare for God.”
Spencer has been busy recently with television roles in shows such as Mom and Red Band Society and last year she was in the post-apocalyptic Snowpiercer with Chris Evans and the James Brown biopic Get on Up. We will see her on the big screen again soon with a role in Insurgent, the second instalment from the Divergent series, as well as Fathers and Daughters alongside Aaron Paul, Amanda Seyfried and Russell Crowe.
As yet there are no release dates for The Shack.