By Tara Fowler
Updated December 04, 2012 at 04:00 PM EST
Simon & Schuster

Forget vampires; these days, angels are where it’s at. EW can exclusively reveal that Becca Fitzpatrick’s bestselling Hush, Hush Saga is heading for the big screen. LD Entertainment has optioned the film rights to the four-book YA series, with Greek creator Patrick Sean Smith set to write the screenplay for the first installment.

Hush, Hush follows Nora Grey, a 16-year-old who catches the attention of Patch, her gorgeous, yet enigmatic biology partner. When she starts experiencing mysterious hallucinations, Nora learns that she’s at the center of an age-old conflict that reaches the heavens itself. Patch is fallen angel desperate to be human again, but that humanity could come at the cost of Nora’s life. Will he sacrifice Nora to save himself?

Between the recent release of Finale — the fourth and final book in the Hush, Hush Saga — and the movie deal, Fitzpatrick feels especially blessed. “It’s a big month for me,” she exclaimed. “I’m just trying to handle one thing at a time.” That doesn’t mean she’s not thrilled to see her series getting the movie treatment. “It’s been in the works for almost a year,” she gushed. So is she worried about how Hush, Hush will translate to the big screen? “When I’m writing, I see it very visually in my head, so I feel it will be very easy to adapt,” she said.

Still, Fitzpatrick is a little concerned with finding the perfect people to play Nora and Patch. “That’s always the hardest part to nail in any movie — making sure you get the right actors and that they’re portraying the characters well.” But the author does have two actors in mind for the lead roles. “I started writing Hush, Hush almost ten years ago, so I was picturing actors who are obviously now too old to play the parts. I wanted Steven Strait for Patch and Emmy Rossum for Nora, but that won’t work anymore.” Since she can’t have Strait and Rossum, Fitzpatrick “would hope for someone that hasn’t been discovered yet. Other than that, I’m just going to leave it up to LD. I trust them to do a good job.” Production on the first film is expected to begin in fall 2013.

Do you have anybody in mind for Nora and Patch? Voice your picks in the comments below!

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