The film is based on the Sue Monk Kidd novel that was published in 2002.
Dakota Fanning is in negotiations to star as the 14-year-old girl who flees her home and is taken in by an eccentric trio of beekeeping sisters.
Alicia Keys is also rumored to join the film, whose plot follows:
Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees centers on Lily Owens (Fanning), who escapes her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father by running away with her caregiver and only friend (Hudson) to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother's past.
Latifah, Okonedo and Keys would play the three sisters.
Shooting is scheduled to begin January 9 in North Carolina.