Variety—Richard Jenkins has signed to star opposite Julia Roberts in “Eat, Pray, Love” for Columbia Pictures.
The film, based on the international bestseller by Elizabeth Gilbert, centers around a married woman who embarks on a journey of self-discovery after trying to get pregnant and realizing that she’s not living the life she wants. Jenkins will play a Texan whom Roberts’ character befriends at an Indian ashram. Jenkins currently has two films waiting for release: the Screen Gems property “Dear John” and the indie “Waiting for Forever.”
To be directed by Ryan Murphy, “Eat, Pray, Love” had originally been set up at Paramount Pictures but was put in turnaround earlier this year. Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner are producing through Plan B. Shooting begins in July and will travel from New York to Rome, India and Bali.