Friday, March 19, 2010

Reel People: Julia Roberts is Elizabeth Gilbert

The film is Eat, Pray, Love popular memoir with the same title by Elizabeth Gilbert, with the same title. The film is written and directed by Glee & Nip/Tuck director/producer Ryan Murphy.

Elizabeth Gilbert

Gilbert was born in Connecticut in 1969. Her sister and parents grew up on a Christmas tree farm. Her father was a chemical engineer and her mother a nurse, and together they all had a love for reading and writing.

When Gilbert graduated from high school she attended New York University where she received a degree in political science in 1991.

After graduating she traveled around the country taking a variety of jobs and writing stories. Esquire published one of her short stories, Pilgrims in 1993.

By 1997, after writing for a variety of national magazines (SPIN, Real Simple, Allure, GQ) many of her travel experiences helped shaped the stories in her first book, a short stories collection called Pilgrims.

In 2000, one of Gilbert's GQ articles about personal experiences working at a woman run NYC bar became the basis for the film Coyote Ugly.

Gilbert also wrote a novel and a biography before her best selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love was published in 2006.

This memoir begins with Elizabeth explaining at 32 how despite her success how she was also depressed with her relationship with her husband Michael Cooper.

With an advance from Penguin house publishing the 32 year old began to travel telling the story we find in Eat, Pray, Love. The story in the year of Gilbert's life following the divorce of her husband and a failed relationship with another man named David. Gilbert decides to travel first to Italy for four months (Eat), then India for four months (pray), and then Indonesia for four months (love).

Elizabeth did end up remarrying a man named Felipe from Brazil who she fell in love with, and despite her opposition to marriage, ended up marrying him in order to help establish Felipe's citizenship. This is the topic of her most recent book Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage.

Elizabeth's husband Michael Cooper's side of the story is to be published in July of this year in the memoir The Husband: One Man's Story of Moving In, Moving Out, and Moving On.

Eat, Pray, Love

Eat Pray Love will tell the story of Elizabeth's travels as told in her very successful memoir.

Julia Roberts will play the lead part of Elizabeth, while James Franco will play her lover she had around the time of her divorce and following. Javier Bardem will play the part of her current husband Felipe. The film also features Billy Crudup and recent Academy Award Nominees Richard Jenkins and Viola Davis.

Audience loved the book and love Julia Roberts so this film will certainly be one of the successful films of summer.

Will Julia Roberts' portrayal of this wandering writer earn her critical attention and even an Oscar nomination/win for portraying this Real (Reel) Person?


Andrew K. said...

I hope this does well for Julia. She was excellent in Duplicity and Closer in recent times, but response was muted. Hopefully she'll get back on top.

RC said...

Something about this film smells of Julie & Julia - I just can't tell if Robert's reception with be that of Meryl's or Amy's.