Meryl Streep/Julia Child

The Nora Ephron-directed movie of the book Julie & Julia is currently filming in NYC and caused some New Yorkers agida when they were confronted with a very strong reminder of 9/11; a recreation of the memorial that sprung up around St. Paul’s Chapel, near the World Trade Center site. The memorial, removed in 2002, features in a brief scene in the movie.

In the book, Julie Powell, needing to escape a boring job, decides to cook her way through Julia Child’s classic, Mastering the Art of French Cooking and write a blog about it. The blog became a book, the book did well, and she changed her boring job for a presumably more fulfilling one as a writer (you can judge for yourself on her new blog, “What Could Happen?”).

According to The Gothamist, the movie will intertwine both Julie and Julia’s lives (who never met in person). Meryl Streep plays Julia Child and Stanley Tucci, her husband, Paul. Amy Adams plays Julie. The movie will be released sometime in 2009.

In other movie news (I don’t know why, but that phrase cracks me up), The Hobbit continues its slow move to the screen. Variety reports that Guillermo del Toro has been signed to direct both The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring back to back. Release dates have not been announced, but Variety estimates we will seem them in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

2 Responses to “Meryl Streep/Julia Child”

  1. Linda Says:

    I am surprised that they’re doing a movie of this book. Meryl Streep as Julia Childs… hmm.. still the book wasn’t that good as I recall when I tried to read it.. I made it halfway through the book and quit.

  2. Nora Rawlinson Says:

    I really enjoyed the book and look forward to the movie. I like the idea of the intertwined stories of Julie and Julia. In the book, Julie imagines Julia’s life and compares it to her own. The contrast could be really interesting on screen. In Hollywood terms, it could be “My Life in France” meets “Julie and Julia.”