Broadway sensation Jessie Mueller is in talks to star in a stage musical adaptation of Keri Russell's 2007 film Waitress.

The singer/actress, who won a Tony Award this year (14) for playing Carole King in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, has emerged as the front runner to revamp Russell's character in a new production, co-written by singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles.

The film, which featured Russell as a pregnant, unhappily married server with big baking dreams, was overshadowed by real-life drama when writer-director Adrienne Shelley was murdered at her home in New York just before the movie's release.

Bareilles will make her musical theatre debut as composer on the project.