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Roberts and Murphy to "Eat, Pray, Love"

Julia RobertsParamount Pictures has acquired the film rights to the Elizabeth Gilbert memoir "Eat, Pray, Love" and will develop it as a star vehicle for Julia Roberts, according to Variety.

Ryan Murphy ("Nip/Tuck" and "Running with Scissors") is set to adapt the screenplay and direct. Plan B Entertainment's Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner will produce. Plan B also teamed with Murphy on "Scissors," which was Murphy's feature film directing debut.

In "Eat, Pray, Love," Gilbert moved with her husband to the suburbs of New York and began trying to get pregnant, only to realize that this was not the life she wanted. After a painful divorce, she set off on a journey of self-discovery around the world with three main stops in Italy, India and Indonesia.

Murphy hopes to get the screenplay written soon so production can start after he wraps his latest project, "Dirty Tricks."

Roberts can next be seen opposite Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Mike Nichols-directed "Charlie Wilson's War." -- Shannon Nolley


Posted by Shannon on October 11, 2006 9:29 AM
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Julia Roberts will surely ruin this one; maybe she'll even whisper through the whole movie like she did in Pelican Brief. Count me out to buy a ticket. Jodie Foster was born to play Elizabeth Gilbert...

-- Posted by: Gale at January 12, 2008 1:22 PM

I would NEVER cast Julia Roberts in this crucial role. I don't know why everyone thinks she is so great. Jodie Foster, although phenominal, is too old for this pivotal role. Anyone who plays this right will win the academy award. How about Dana Delaney or the girl that plays Rita on Dexter? There are just too many great actresses out there to keep giving the good roles to big mouth!

-- Posted by: Debbie at March 22, 2008 6:05 PM

I think Renee Zellweger could have been phenomenal. She is great at deep roles. Cate Blanchett maybe. Julia's striking physical attributes may overshadow the spirituality of the film.

-- Posted by: Haley at April 3, 2008 11:12 AM

Jenna Elfman would be perfect in that role, of course.

-- Posted by: ECamp at April 9, 2008 3:53 PM

Julia Stiles..by far due to her exquisite ability to be a ruffian or ultrasilk!

Come on..you know I am right PEOPLE!!!

GIVE JULIA A CHANCE!

-- Posted by: nmarie at April 28, 2008 10:35 PM

I completely agree with Debbie. I was thinking Cate Blanchett as well~! Far more suited both in appearance and talent. I will not enjoy the film with Julia Roberts playing "Groceries".

-- Posted by: JO at May 15, 2008 12:56 PM

Julia Roberts is about a decade too old to play a early 30yo going through such life changes. I can't believe she would be cast for this role! I want someone close to my age - which is the age of Elizabeth when she wrote it. I cannot relate to Julia Roberts - she's just too old for the part.

-- Posted by: Mads at June 4, 2008 4:38 PM

Jodi Foster...are you kidding. Don't get me wrong, she is a great actress, but definitely not for this role.

I think Julia Roberts will do a great job even with her "big mouth" and her whispering. She knows how to embrace and become the character she is playing.

Who are we to choose the "right" actress for this role anyways

-- Posted by: Lindsey at July 3, 2008 10:44 AM

Maybe we should consider that if the move is well done it won't matter who has the lead role. It's the spiritual journey that needs to come through so that everyone who sees it gets what they are supposed to get out of it. So go for it Julia.

-- Posted by: Jackie at July 26, 2008 12:31 PM

Maybe we should consider that if the movie is well done it won't matter who has the lead role. It's the spiritual journey that needs to come through so that everyone who sees it gets what they are supposed to get out of it. So go for it Julia.

-- Posted by: Jackie at July 26, 2008 12:32 PM

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