BIG STONE GAP — Reports circulating on Friday claim Ashley Judd and Patrick Wilson will play lead roles in the film adaptation of Adriana Trigiani’s “Big Stone Gap” novel.
Trigiani, a native of Big Stone Gap now living in New York City, has returned to her hometown to direct the film, and has landed state funding for the project. At 9 a.m. on Monday, Trigiani is to discuss her film project in the Goodloe Center on the campus of Mountain Empire Community College.
Trigiani let slip the casting of Judd and Wilson for the lead roles of the film, Judd to portray Ave Maria Mulligan and Wilson in the role of Jack Mac (McChesney). Whoopi Goldberg has also reportedly agreed to portray a supporting role as the novel’s character, Fleeta.
Other websites were also reporting Judd in the “Big Stone Gap” casting reports, including Bookfinds.com and Five Minutes Peace, although the latter had Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the role of Jack Mac.
In any event, Trigiani will address the film project at MECC on Monday in an event that is free and open to the public.
“Mountain Empire Community College is extremely pleased to have Adriana Trigiani on our campus while she is directing the movie,” said MECC President Scott Hamilton. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students and the community to interact with one of the region’s greatest talents who is personally responsible for the production of this film in our community.”
Hamilton said Trigiani’s visit will kick off the college’s “MECC PROUD” week to promote the college’s role in providing educational opportunities and supporting economic development in Southwest Virginia since its founding in 1972.
Born and raised in Big Stone Gap, Trigiani is an award-winning playwright, television script writer and documentary filmmaker. Her published works include the New York Times bestseller, “The Shoemaker’s Wife,” the Big Stone Gap series; “Very Valentine,” “Brava, Valentine,” “Lucia, Lucia,” a memoir, “Don’t Sing at the Table,” and young adult novels, “Viola in Reel Life” and “Viola in the Spotlight.”