The film, which stars Danny Glover, focuses on a high school faculty in a struggling community. In the story, a teacher wins the lottery and uses the largesse to restore the local library and energize the community in the process.
Posey will play Shirley Paine, one-time homecoming queen and now the opportunistic mayor of Highland Park.
"Highland" has a real-life motive: It's designed to help reopen the neighborhood's McGregor Library, shut down in 2002 because of a lack of funds. Meieran plans to simultaneously direct a documentary tracing Highland Park's history and the library restoration efforts.
"We're excited to have the opportunity to be a part of bringing jobs to Michigan and the revival of Highland Park and the McGregor Library," Meieran said. "The efforts of Raleigh Michigan Studios to re-invigorate the local economies were one of the inspirations for the film."
The Bureau is also developing "Big Eyes," with a screenplay by Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski ("The People vs. Larry Flynt") and Kate Hudson attached to star; "We Are All the Same," written by Keir Pearson ("Hotel Rwanda") and starring Naomi Watts; and "Incandescent," penned by Jonathan Marc Feldman ("Swing Kids").
Posey, repped by CAA and D/F Management, recently appeared in "Spring Breakdown," "Broken English" and "Superman Returns." She next stars in "Happy Tears," which Roadside Attractions releases in January.
– Nielsen Business Media