Blake Lively is set to return to the big screen alongside Ellen Burstyn in the long-gestating movie "The Age of Adaline."
Deadline.com confirms that Lively has signed on for the romantic drama, which formerly saw Katherine Heigl attached to the role Lively will now play. She'll portray the 29-year-old title character, who has a near-fatal accident that miraculously prevents her from any future aging. Born at the turn of the 20th century, Adaline continues about her life while keeping her secret under wraps -- until she falls in love and must confront her odd condition.
Burstyn will play -- try to follow us here -- Lively's daughter, who has aged into her 80s while Adaline remains 29. That role was originally intended for Angela Lansbury, Deadline reported in 2010.
Lee Toland Krieger ("Celeste & Jesse Forever") is set to direct the movie, which goes into production in March. Allison Burnett ("Autumn in New York," 2009's "Fame") revised the script originally written by J. Mills Goodloe ("A Gentleman's Game") and Salvador Paskowitz ("Nic & Tristan Go Mega Dega"). Gabriele Muccino ("The Pursuit of Happyness") was originally tapped to direct the project.
There's no word yet on which actor will play Lively's leading man. "Adaline" marks the actress's first film project after "Gossip Girl" wrapped and "Savages" was released last year.