James Gandolfini joins GREAT HOPE SPRINGS

Joshua Brunsting

September 23rd, 2010

Talk about a revolving door.

According to Vulture, the cast of the upcoming drama, GREAT HOPE SPRINGS, has gotten yet another face lift, as James Gandolfini has now joined the cast of the film, which currently finds Mike Nichols as its director, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep as its leads.

Gandolfini will be taking over the role left open by a vacating Jeff Bridges, as one half of a couple (Streep being his significant other) who go to counseling for a weekend to decide if they can or can’t save their marriage. One would assume that Hoffman would be the couple’s therapist.

The report goes on to say that the actors here are game to do the film, with a March shoot date looking like a likely conclusion.

Personally, I think this is actually quite an interesting change of leads, as to me, you couldn’t get any more polar opposite performers than Bridges and Gandolfini. However, I have to say, I think Gandolfini may be perfect for this role, particularly with Nichols directing. Nichols is a rather intense filmmaker, who makes thusly intense relationship dramas (I am looking at you, CLOSER), and there aren’t many actors more intense than Gandolfini. Sure, I think Bridges is a better actor, but I think this trio could very well make this film a real winner. What about you?

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