A New DANIEL in Julia Roberts' Life
No she's not leaving husband Danny Moder, but Julia Roberts is negotiating to star in the Fox 2000 drama Daniel Isn't Talking.
Since becoming a mom to twins Phinnaeus and Hazel, Julia Roberts has been spending very little time on the big screen. Now, Daily Variety is reporting that Roberts, who recently signed to star for her Closer director Mike Nichols in Charlie Wilson's War, is negotiating a lead role in Fox 2000's adaptation of Marti Leimbach's Daniel Isn't Talking, with Karen Rosenfelt producing.
Stephen Chbosky, who recently adapted the Tony-winning musical Rent for the big screen, is doing the adaptation of Daniel, which centers on a London couple and their two children. All of their lives are thrown into turmoil, however, when the son is diagnosed with autism.
Roberts is familiar with Leimbach's work. Back in 1991 she starred with Campbell Scott and Vincent D'Onofrio in Dying Young. She's also become passionate about autism as she recently picked up the film rights to Eye Contact, Cammie McGovern's novel about a mother and her autistic son.
Going on maternity leave has left the CAA-repped Roberts little time for movie work. She has, however, been lending her voice to animated features including the upcoming Charlotte's Web adaptation and Ant Bully, produced by Tom Hanks, who will co-star with her in Charlie Wilson's War. Besides Closer, Roberts' last big screen appearance was in the ensemble sequel Ocean's Twelve.