Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester to star in Netflix adaptation of Alderson novel

Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester to star in Netflix adaptation of Alderson novel

Author Sarah Alderson will be adapting her novel The Weekend Away (Avon) into a feature film for Netflix, starring Leighton Meester from "Gossip Girl".

The psychological thriller takes place during a weekend getaway to Croatia that goes awry when a woman is accused of killing her best friend. As she attempts to clear her name and uncover the truth, her efforts unearth a painful secret.

The cast also includes “Batwoman” actor Christina Wolfe, Ziad Bakri and Luke Norris. Alderson is adapting the screenplay, with Kim Farrant set to direct.

In a statement Alderson said: "I am so excited to see The Weekend Away make it to the screen. To have adapted my own novel makes it even more special, and I am thrilled that Leighton will be bringing this character to life.”

Alderson has published 20 books throughout her career, and is the best-selling author of YA series Hunting Lila (Simon & Schuster), as well as the adult psychological thriller novels In Her Eyes and Friends Like These (Mulholland).