Steve Carell‘s first really big starring role came in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, but he’s playing a man much more experienced in matters of the heart and body for the new Hope Springs (formerly titled Great Hope Springs). As a respected relationship therapist, he dishes advice to a couple (Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones) growing bored of their decades-long marriage. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Great Hope Springs, the movie in which Meryl Streep plays one half of a married couple spending a week of marriage and sex therapy with a famous therapist (Steve Carell) has gone through a few possible male leads. Jeff Bridges was mentioned early on, and James Gandolfini looked like a possibility at one point. (Those were when Mike Nichols was going to direct, but now The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel will make the film instead.)

Tommy Lee Jones was next in the casting rumor series, but now he definitively has the gig playing husband to Meryl Streep. That’s a great pairing, and while the director may not be my top choice, I’m still as interested in watching these two actors trade barbs as I was when the idea first came up.

The synopsis for Great Hope Springs is after the break, along with news of new gigs for Maggie Gyllenhaal and Holly Hunter. Read More »

Since last year, Meryl Streep has been part of a film called Great Hope Springs, in which she’ll play half of a couple that goes to a therapist to work out of the loveless malaise that plagues their relationship after 30+ years. Not long ago Steve Carell was signed to play the therapist, and David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada director) was set to direct. Now Tommy Lee Jones is reportedly the first in line to play the other half of the couple. Read More »

Meryl Streep is making another movie with her The Devil Wears Prada director David Frankel: Great Hope Springs, in which a couple enlists a therapist to save their fading 31-year marriage. Meryl Streep is one half of the couple, with the actors playing her husband yet to be announced.

Now it looks like Steve Carrell will be the therapist. We don’t know the tone of the film, but this casting certainly suggests a fairly comic approach. On the surface it seems like this is a role that would be great for Mr. Carrell, especially with Meryl Streep to play against. While the basics don’t sound outrageously appealing, the notion of those two verbally sparring definitely does. [Deadline]

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The last time we heard about Great Hope Springs, it was looking as if Mike Nichols might direct the film, with Meryl Streep starring alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman and James Gandolfini. Now things have changed just a bit. Instead of Mike Nichols, David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada) will direct. More after the break, along with a larger image of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher. Read More »


James Gandolfini is about to start work on Violet & Daisy but is lining up work to take on after that film wraps. One possibility is Great Hope Springs, the matrimonial drama that will re-team director Mike Nichols and Meryl Streep. Jeff Bridges was one possible candidate for the same role over the summer, but he’s out of the picture.

If Gandolfini signs on, he’d also join Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Vanessa Taylor-scripted film about “a husband and wife (Gandolfini and Streep) undergoing an intense weekend of counseling to decide their future after 30 years of marriage.” Streep sparring with Gandolfini with Hoffman as the ref? Yep, I’ll take that. Vulture says the trio is keen to work together, and the film could shoot in March if deals come together.

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I don’t think there’s any argument that Jeff Bridges is great enough to warrant his own little update once in a while. So here you go: a new on-set photo from the Coen Brothers version of True Grit, for one. Sadly, the other update negates a previous bit of casting supposition, as it looks like Bridges won’t play alongside Meryl Streep in Great Hope Springs. Read More »


There’s a new matrimonial drama brewing at Mandate Pictures — Great Hope Springs is based on a script by Vanessa Taylor, and it’s the sort of film that, from a distance, might not seem too interesting. But with Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges finalizing deals to star and Mike Nichols looking to direct, this might become a movie that you can’t ignore. Read More »

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