September 4, 2014 at 10:37 pm #160685
Julia Roberts is in negotiations to join Gwyneth Paltrow and Chiwetel Ejiofor in the English-language remake of the Argentinian thriller Secret in Their Eyes.
Billy Ray wrote the script and is directing the project, which IM Global is selling in Toronto. IM Global also is fully financing the film, which starts shooting in October.
In a testament to how much Roberts is desired, her role initially was earmarked for a male actor, but Ray rewrote it specifically for the actress. Also, the movie originally was to have shot in Boston but now will shoot in Los Angeles.
The original Spanish-language movie won the Oscar for best foreign-language film in 2010 and centered on a retired attorney who seeks closure for an unsolved case and for his unrequited love for his former superior by writing a book. The process, however, opens more doors than it closes as decades-long secrets are revealed. It was written and directed by Juan Jose Campanella.
The movie will be a reunion of sorts for Roberts and Paltrow, both of whom appeared in Steven Spielberg’s 1991 movie Hook. (Paltrow had a brief part as young Wendy.)
Roberts of late has been taking key roles in hot projects, and her turn in 2013’s August: Osage County nabbed her a best supporting actress Oscar nomination. She most recently appeared in HBO’s The Normal Heart, for which she received a best supporting actress Emmy nomination (in the miniseries/movie category).
She is repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein.September 5, 2014 at 1:28 am #160687
which role is it exactly that she is playing? by the way, great for Julia! I just fall in her all over again in the emmys last weekSeptember 5, 2014 at 1:32 am #160688
Love that Julie is back on track!September 5, 2014 at 5:49 am #160689
But this is really strange for the film as a whole, because if I’m correct in envisioning what role she’s playing, I really hope they don’t create a romantic element. I can only see her taking the Pablo Sandoval character, which is a meaty role if there ever was one, and the only one that could be either gender. He is also an alcoholic character in the original, which might be very appealing for her. I still don’t know about this remake. I love the original, and can’t imagine this being anywhere near as good.September 5, 2014 at 5:50 am #160690
She has had quite the comeback.September 5, 2014 at 6:01 am #160691
Change the title of the thread, please. Neither Chiewetel or Gwyneth are attached to the project now. They were in May 2014.September 5, 2014 at 6:59 am #160692
So it is a remake of ”Secret in Their Eyes”, I thought the title sounded familiar.September 5, 2014 at 7:12 am #160693
I doubt this becomes an effective thriller. The original movie is so authentic, so Argentinean (That’s part of its success) that I can’t imagine what they’re gonna do with the North American adaptation.September 5, 2014 at 7:40 am #160694
I am not going to change the title of the thread because according to The Hollywood Reporter and Variety, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Gwyneth Paltrow are still attached and set to star. Filming begins next month.September 5, 2014 at 10:12 am #160695
I remember liking the film, not loving it, but other than the moment at the stadium and final reveal I barely remember it. Certainly no meaty female parts and I hope she’s not playing this alcoholic, unless it makes sense somehow.September 5, 2014 at 4:56 pm #160696
I remember liking the film, not loving it, but other than the moment at the stadium and final reveal I barely remember it. Certainly no meaty female parts and I hope she’s not playing this alcoholic, unless it makes sense somehow.
I heard that Roberts’ character was a male in the original, but was flipped to a female role for Roberts in this version.
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