Both Gwyneth Paltrow (Contagion) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) are already aboard Billy Ray's remake of the Academy Award® winning Argentinian thriller, The Secret In Their Eyes (2009). They now look set to be joined by Julia Roberts (Duplicity), for whom Ray specifically rewrote his screenplay.
Juan Jose Campanella's original film had two male leads to one female, but after Roberts expressed an interest, Ray headed back to his keyboard to accommodate her. It makes for a refreshingly different dynamic at the top of the film, which will already be much changed from its progenitor.
Ray's other major task has been to find a way to adapt Campanella's work for a more US or international flavoured story: finding something that can parallel the focus on Argentina's military junta and its overtones of corruption.
What we know so far is that Ejiofor plays a former MI-5 agent haunted by an unsolved murder. Returning to Boston as part of a joint task force with the FBI, he uncovers a terrifying truth that changes everything about the past events he can't let go. There's no word yet on how Paltrow and Roberts' roles will shake out, but pre-production is currently underway for an imminent Boston shoot. As always, watch this space.