Jeff Labrecque
July 10, 2009 AT 05:32 PM EDT

Nicole Kidman will star in and produce Little Bee, the bestselling Chris Cleave novel reportedly acquired by BBC Films. Variety reports that South African-born Shawn Slovo (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin) will write the script, about a horrific African beach encounter between a Nigerian orphan and two vacationing British journalists.

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