Julia Stiles joins The Great Gilly Hopkins

Julia Stiles has joined the cast of The Great Gilly Hopkins, an adaptation of Bridge To Terabithia author Katherine Paterson’s novel of the same name. The Book Thief‘s Sophia Nelisse is playing young protagonist Gilly, who dreams of being reunited one day with her mysterious and exotic mother. Stiles will play Gilly’s mother.

Also newly added to the cast is Bill Cobbs (The Bodyguard, Rake) as Gilly’s blind, kindly neighbor Mr. Randolph. Cobbs stepped into the role replacing previously cast Danny Glover, who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Rounding out the cast is Billy Magnussen (Into The Woods, The East) as the youngster’s overworked and underpaid social worker. Kathy Bates, Octavia Spencer, and Glenn Close also co-star.

Script is adapted by Paterson’s son David Paterson, who also co-adapted his mother’s Terabithia tome into the 2007  film. Picturehouse will distribute The Great Gilly Hopkins, which is now filming in and around New York City. Stiles is repped by ICM Partners, Untitled Entertainment and Sloane Offer Weber and Dern.

Julia rides Citi Bike in NYC

Julia was was snapped riding a Citi Bike bicycle in the West Village section of New York City on Monday. The actress seemed to be having a good time on the pedal vehicle as she smiled while gripping onto the handlebars.

Citi Bike is the Big Apple’s bicycle sharing system which is intended to provide customers with an alternative transportation option for getting around the city. Julia was dressed in a casual chic black outfit while pedaling around in the populated city. She wore a transparent patterned long-sleeved mini-dress over a black tank top, stockings, and pair of leather booties while on the ride.

The Silver Linings Playbook actress wore a pair of aviator sunglasses on her face and gold necklace around her neck which had a crescent moon shaped pendant on it. Julia also placed her medium-sized black leather purse in the basket of the bike and had her platinum blonde locks in a messy ponytail. The actress was also seen walking on the same day, but this time wearing a white denim jacket over the ensemble.