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Dan Heching
March 10, 2017 AT 02:51 PM EST

Brit Bennett’s “sad, tender” debut novel The Mothers from last fall is getting the green light for a big screen adaptation, thanks to an option by Warner Bros. and actress/producer Kerry Washington, who will produce under the Simpson Street banner.

The Mothers centers on a young black woman in a small town in Southern California who makes some life-changing decisions when faced with an unwanted pregnancy. EW’s Leah Greenblatt favorably reviewed the novel last fall, saying, “As much as The Mothers is steeped in black culture, it’s also pointedly, poignantly universal in its depiction of young love and friendship and hard choices.”

Author Bennett, who in her giddiness about the news posted the below Instagram photo with the Scandal star, will also write the script for the film, as well as executive produce.

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Simpson Street’s first project, HBO’s Confirmation, starred Washington and earned her Emmy, Golden Globe, and SAG Award nominations for her portrayal of Anita Hill. The film also received an Emmy nomination for best movie made for TV.

The Mothers will be Simpson Street’s first feature project for Warner Bros. ‎No word yet on casting for the film, or proposed release dates.

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