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Katie Holmes To Star In Adaptation Of 'The Secret' Because It's 2006

Holmes at "The Kennedys" premiere in 2017. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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If you lived through the mid-aughts, you may remember your mom and her friends getting really jazzed about that hot new self-help book The Secret, which encouraged readers to manifest a better life through the "law of attraction." Eleven years later, and not a moment too soon, The Secret is being turned into a movie starring none other than America's mid-aughts sweetheart—Katie Holmes.

The movie version of The Secret , Rhonda Byrne's best-selling 2006 self-help book, will follow Holmes as a young widow with three children "who hires a handyman to fix her house during a terrible storm," according to The Hollywood Reporter. But wait, there's more: "As the handyman grows closer to the family, he shares his philosophy of believing in the power of the universe to deliver what we want, but the widow soon realizes he carries a secret connection to her past." Can we start a petition for the handyman to be played by Tom Cruise?

The screenplay for The Secret was written by Bekah Brunstetter, a writer on NBC's This Is Us, and will be directed by Andy Tennent, of Hitch and Sweet Home Alabama fame. Holmes has taken a break from cornering the girl-next-door market since her Dawson's Creek heyday, recently earning praise for her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy on the 2017 Reelz miniseries The Kennedys: After Camelot.

No news yet as to when The Secret movie will hit theaters, but we'll share a trailer as soon as one is released; sure, Holmes' role as "young widow who meets magical handyman" comes approximately a decade after peak Secret mania, but we're rooting for her anyway. After all, considering the current state of geopolitical affairs, maybe we could all stand to put a little bit of faith in the universe.