Roberts Takes Root in Biopic

Julia Roberts is expected to star in a biopic of murdered conservationist and filmmaker Joan Root.

The project, set up at Working Title Films, will be adapted by David Magee ("Finding Neverland") from the Vanity Fair article "A Flowering Evil."

Roberts is expected to produce through her Red Om shingle along with Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title.

Root was found murdered in her Kenyan home in January of 2006 at the age of 69. At the time, media reports speculated that Root's killing was in retaliation for her outspoken and aggressive work on behalf of the area's national environment. Joan and ex-husband Alan root made a number of documentaries in the region, including 1978's Oscar nominated "Castles of Clay."

Roberts previously worked with Working Title on her hit "Notting Hill." The company has a busy slate of four movies ready to shoot by the beginning of 2008. They included Richard Curtis' "The Boat That Rocked" and Paul Greengrass' "Imperial Life in the Emerald City."

Most recently heard in "The Ant Bully" and "Charlotte's Web," Roberts' upcoming slate includes "Charlie Wilson's War" and "Fireflies in the Garden."