Just a few days ago Emma Roberts was spotted reading a copy of Delirium by Lauren Oliver.

Now it is official, according to EW, Emma will be playing the lead character in the pilot set to be adapted by Fox.

The books take place in an alternative present-day Maine when civilization has been partly destroyed by war and a totalitarian government teaches that love is literally a disease (commonly called the delirium). There’s a surgical cure for love that’s mandatory for citizens 18 and older. Roberts will play Lena, a 17-year-old girl who is waiting for the cure. However things change for Lena once she meets a boy from the Wilds who has not taken the cure. Together they forge their own path trying to decide just how much the government should control in one persons life.

Roberts previously starred on the small screen in the Nickelodeon series Unfabulous then went onto big-screen roles including the upcoming Empire StateWe’re the Millers, and Scream 4. 

Karyn Usher (Prison Break) wrote the pilot and is an executive producer alongside Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope, Paula Mazur and Mitchell Kaplan on the 20th Century Fox TV project.

There is no word yet on who will play Lena’s best friend Hanna or the love interest Alex. Who do you think can fill these pivotal roles?

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