Julia Roberts is in advanced 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.