Julia Roberts is set to join "The Secret in Their Eyes" which is adapted from the Oscar-winning 2009 Argentinian thriller. The project became an instant hot title at Toronto Film Festival after IM Global shopped it around at the festival.
Roberts is to play the female lead but there is a catch. In the original film, there are two male leads and one female lead. According to The Wrap, Roberts expressed an interest in playing a part in the film. Director Billy Ray then re-conceived the characters and gender-swapped one of the roles that he then wrote specifically for Roberts.
Per Deadline, Roberts is to play a friend and former partner to an-ex FBI agent who cannot get over the murder of his daughter. An actor will be selected soon for the role of the ex-FBI agent because shooting begins in October in Los Angeles.
Directed by Juan Jose Campanella, the original "The Secret in Their Eyes" followed a retired attorney who writes a book about an unsolved case and his own unrequited love for one of his former superiors, prompting old secrets to be revealed. It won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film in 2010.