and Meryl Streep in a movie? Together? Is it Christmas already?
Everyone’s favorite lesbian scene-stealer Jane Lynch has signed to star opposite Meryl
Streep in the new film Julie & Julia. Meryl will play the culinary legend
Julia Child, and Jane will play her sister.
The film is based on the memoir
(or, more accurately, blogoir) Julie & Julia: 365 Days, 524
Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by author/blogger Julie Powell.
In 2002, Powell was working as a secretary and living in a run-down apartment
in Queens. On a whim, she decided to try to make all 524 recipes in
Child’s classic cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking
in the span of a year. To chronicle her epic undertaking, she
started a blog. Long story slightly shorter, the blog became a book
and the book is now becoming a movie.
Added into the mix are Amy
Adams as title-character Julie, Stanley Tucci
as Child’s husband, Paul, and Nora Ephron
(When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail) writing and
directing. While the memoir focused mainly on Julie’s trials and tribulations
tackling her year-long adventures in cooking, the movie will bring in
more backstory about Child’s life, including her years spent in Paris
in the ’40s and ’50s. Child passed away in 2004, just two days before
her 92nd birthday.
I can’t wait to see how
Meryl portrays the famed chef. So much of Child’s endlessly enthusiastic
style has been caricatured already (hello, Dan Aykroyd). Jane, for her
part, will get to act alongside her idol. Though, it turns out
that when the two met
years ago on the
set of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, they
could easily have started their own mutual admiration society.
“(Meryl) hugged me, then
she gave me a kiss and told me she was a huge fan of Best in Show.
And you know, I didn’t expect that at all. I was prepared to bow at
her feet, so for her to do that was just incredible. And she held
my hand while we talked. I remember watching Sophie’s Choice
in graduate school and being just devastated by her, by that
kind of acting. So for her to do that — to me? It was a huge
moment for me. It was almost too incredible.”
Awww. Now I know Christmas
came early. Seriously, two of the best professional scenery-chewers in the
business together in one movie? And a movie about food? Is it
too early to get in line for tickets?