Steve Carell to join Meryl Streep in GREAT HOPE SPRINGS

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
February 18th, 2011

You would think that a film set to star Meryl Streep would have an easier time holding on to its male stars, but the relationship drama GREAT HOPE SPRINGS has seen a real revolving door of male talent in the past few months.

In different incarnations, the film that sees Streep as one half of a couple dealing with marital issues with a new therapist, had Jeff Bridges and then James Gandolfini as the husband, with Philip Seymour Hoffman apparently cast as the therapist. But all three men have since dropped out – even its first director, Mike Nichols, left the project – which is now to be helmed by THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA director David Frankel.

But Streep may finally be getting at least one of her men – Steve Carell is reportedly in talks to play the therapist, Dr. Feld. There’s still no word on casting for the husband, but this at least signals that the project isn’t dead.

I’d still love to see Bridges in the role, as I can already picture his laidback style butting heads with a more uptight Streep. Carell seems like a solid, if slightly offbeat, choice for the therapist. Though Carell is certainly known for his comedic chops, he can skew darker – something like DAN IN REAL LIFE, or his work in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE seem like good roles to think about in this context.

Who would you like to see play Streep’s husband in GREAT HOPE SPRINGS?

Source Deadline, via Cinema Blend

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