By Wendy Mitchell
Updated November 19, 2009 at 09:00 AM EST

The Mentalist star Simon Baker and producer Mark Johnson have acquired the feature film rights to Tim Winton’s Breath, Variety reports. Baker and Johnson will produce and Baker will take one of the lead roles. A director has yet to come on board. The novel, set in small-town Western Australia, is about two 16-year-old boys who learn surfing from an enigmatic man (Baker) and his mysterious wife. Australia native Baker is a surfer himself.

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