Fresh off her third Academy Award for her marvelous portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, she is off to a sex dramedy with Men In Black staple Tommy Lee Jones and The Office star Steve Carrell in Hope Springs. Streep, as Kay Soames, plays the role of an unhappy wife who coerces her husband Arnold (Jones) to a marriage counseling with Dr. Feld (Carrell) or else it’s over for both of them. The film sees her reunion with her Prada director, David Frankel and is written by Game of Thrones scribe Vanessa Taylor. A few months ago, a first draft of the script was leaked in the internet but the trailer has hinted significant changes in the final version of the film, which you can see below:
Originally attached to the project were Jeff Bridges and Meryl’s usual collaborator Mike Nichols. However, when Bridges backed out, Nichols followed suit. But the casting spotlight was not on Meryl, nor whoever would play Arnold, but on the therapist. The therapist is the pivotal character in the film, and whoever gets cast in this role will bear a relatively huge weight in the film. The announcement of Carell as Dr. Bernie Feld, the therapist, was met initial skepticism. However, many are impressed with his performance judging by the trailer.
The day after Meryl won the Oscar, pundits are already filling out their list of possible contenders for Best Actress. Needless to say, Meryl made it through most of the lists. Some people have seen Hope Springs for Meryl a la Something’s Gotta Give for Diane Keaton. Whether or not Meryl will really end up in Hollywood and Highland as a nominee for Best Actress and not a presenter for Best Actor, who knows. At this point, it is safe to say that this will be Meryl’s 8th Comedy Golden Globe nomination (the other seven are She-Devil, Postcards from the Edge, Death Becomes Her, The Devil Wears Prada, Mamma Mia, Julie and Julia and It’s Complicated.)
Hope Springs opens on August 10, 2012.