Fabulous Nobodies movie: The new Devil Wears Prada?

The new Devil Wears Prada September Issue director to make big-screen version of 'revenge novel' by former Harper's Bazaar editor

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21:52 GMT, 27 March 2012

A 'revenge novel' written by the fired former editor of Australian Harper's Bazaar is to be turned into a film by the director of The September Issue.

Lee Tolloch's acclaimed 1989 book Fabulous Nobodies will be the next project for RJ Cutler, who, given the success of his last fashion film, looks set to have his hands on the new Devil Wears Prada.

The question of who will land the lead role of of Reality Nirvana Tuttle, a
fashion-obsessed, ditzy but tough, door girl at a downtown nightclub in
Eighties Manhattan, has had the fashion industry abuzz.

Fabulous Nobodies: The September Issue's JR Cutler is adapting the acclaimed book into what is set to become the new Devil Wears Pradaa Devil Wears Prada

Fabulous Nobodies: The September Issue's RJ Cutler is adapting the acclaimed book into what is set to become the new Devil Wears Prada

The author says that while that choice will be left up to the filmmakers, there are several actresses she thinks would be great.

She told MailOnline: 'Lady Gaga are you listening She is SO how I imagined Reality to be.'

Fashion's new leading lady: Author Lee Tolloch wants Lady Gaga to play the lead character Reality

Fashion's new leading lady: Author Lee Tolloch wants Lady Gaga to play the lead character Reality Nirvana Tuttle

Mrs Tulloch's other choices are Carey Mulligan, Blake Lively and Emma Stone.

'It's a tricky casting choice because she can't just be funny she's got
to be feisty and a bit mad,' she continued. 'But I'm hoping the producers surprise me!'

Fabulous Nobodies was originally penned as a revenge novel after Mrs Tulloch was dismissed from the helm of Harper's Bazaar Australia just nine months after its launch for being 'too creative'.

The author fled Sydney for New York in 1985, where she began writing the tome. But its initial purpose became something much more affectionate as the plot took shape.

'A funny
thing happened – I grew to realise I had great affection for these
characters and I think that's why the novel is so popular with
fashionistas as well as people who really do think fashion is crazy,' she said.

Fabulous Nobodies: the Eighties novel about a fashion obsessed twenty-something working as a 'door whore' in downtown Manhattan has got the fashion industry guessing who will play the lead role in the film adaptation

Frocks and downtown friends: It started out as a revenge of sorts, but turned into an affectionate account of Manhattan's fashion scene in the Eighties

'No
character is modelled on any one person but there's no doubt a lot of
people inspired me, from Nell Campbell who had 'Nell's' nightclub
downtown and the wonderful Hamish Bowles, to a whole cast of 80s New York
demi-monde such as Diane Brill and the club kids.'

Fashionable director: JR Cutler is currently casting for the lead role in Fabulous Nobodies, any takers young Hollywood

Director's cut: RJ Cutler is currently casting for the lead role in Fabulous Nobodies, any takers young Hollywood

The satiric story centres on Reality Nirvana Tuttle who spends her evenings selecting fabulous nobodies from the nightclub's waiting hopefuls.

She is the kind of nut-job character that not only names for her
frocks, but talks to them too, all while sporting a Chanel tattoo in her
quest to make the 'right' friends
and get into the 'right' parties.

Twenty years after she first wrote Fabulous Nobodies, RJ Cutler partnered with
producers Julie Anne Quay (former executive editor of V Magazine) and
Gail Lyon (of Erin Brockovich and Gattaca fame),
and the trio plan to bring the character of Reality to the big screen.

Asked about her thoughts on how
different Reality's world was when she wrote the book, compared to that
world now, the author explained: 'I think it's
quite different now, in many ways. There was a sense of unfettered
creative possibility in the 80s which has been lost.'

'There was also a
sense of whimsy. It was all quite silly. We laughed a lot.'

Fashion insider: As the acclaimed director of The September Issue, a documentary surrounding U.S. Vogue, RJ Cutler's new project is bound to be a hit

Fashion insider: As the acclaimed director of The September Issue, a documentary surrounding U.S. Vogue, RJ Cutler's new project is bound to be a hit

'Everyone is
working so hard creating their own 'brand' right now it's difficult to
be light hearted. Having said that, though, I think New York will always
be the mecca for young people with dreams.'

'Successive generations of
newcomers arrive and always get something out of it. It's magical that
way.'

Ms Quay explained in a statement the film adaptation will be 'Emma meets Clueless', and no matter who ends up playing fashion's new leading lady, it sounds like she’ll have a killer wardrobe.