Millie Bobby Brown, known for her role in Stranger Things, has shared her intentions for a film adaptation of her recently released book, Nineteen Steps.
During her appearance on Lorraine on September 12th, Brown discussed her first novel, which draws inspiration from her grandmother’s experiences in London’s East End during World War II.
In response to Lorraine’s question about the possibility of a movie adaptation, Brown expressed her intention, saying, “Yes, definitely. That was the intention behind it. Naturally, I just want to create more, so, yes, this is a great foundation.”
Taking place in the East End in 1942, the novel, currently accessible for purchase, narrates the tale of an 18-year-old girl named Nellie Morris, who appears destined to wed her lifelong companion, Billy.
Nellie’s curiosity is piqued by an American airman named Ray, and her life takes a drastic turn after a tragic event occurs during an air raid.
Discussing the source of inspiration for the narrative, Brown shared, “My nan told me the stories when I couldn’t sleep at night and I think, for a while, and maybe until I was eight, I didn’t think they were real. And then I slowly realised that these were things that happened to her in her childhood, during World War Two.”
Talking about the novel’s backdrop in Bethnal Green, Brown mentioned, “It’s where my grandmother lived and I went there very frequently for summers and I bought that the other day. It was amazing just to go back and to reminisce on all that nostalgia, but it’s a really important place to her and to our whole family.”
“I’m very gravitated towards things that mean something to me and just more of a woman-centric role. I’m very, very committed to moving people with what I do,” she emphasized.
After her grandmother’s passing, Brown found solace and healing in narrating the audiobook for the novel, describing it as a “healing” and “therapeutic” experience.