Well now, won’t this be interesting? Writer/director Billy Ray (Breach, Captain Phillips, Westworld) is remaking Juan José Campanella’s Argentine hit The Secret in their Eyes with two of Hollywood’s biggest egos: Julia Roberts and Gwyneth Paltrow. So many questions; who gets top billing? Whose dietary requirements are most stringent? Will Julia be Gooped, or will she refuse to acknowledge Gwyneth’s existence?
I don’t know if you watched the Emmys this year, but Roberts presented the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama, and a mighty interesting couple of minutes it was. Julia could hardly contain her enthusiasm for her favorite movie actor nominees (while appearing notably less bubbly announcing the [mainly] television men), and somehow managed to make the moment all about her; “I apologize to anyone who doesn’t get to hug me in the next two minutes.” Um…
Based on Eduardo Sacheri’s novel, La pregunta de sus ojos, The Secret in Their Eyes puts Roberts in what was a male role in the original film; she’ll play the mother of a violently murdered girl whose case was never solved. Paltrow will play Judge Irene Menéndez-Hastings. The story follows a former MI-5 agent (Chiwetel Ejiofor) —and friend/former subordinate to Paltrow’s character — working for the FBI. Haunted by the murder, and driven to try to solve it 25 years on.
The Secret in Their Eyes begins shooting in October.