ComingSoon.net has learned that Jessica Biel may be in talks to co-star with Richard Gere in Garry Marshall’s remake of Frank Capra’s 1948 political drama State of the Union about a businessman who must reunite with his estranged wife in order to improve his campaign run for the President of the United States. It would reunite Biel with the director of her recent romantic comedy hit Valentine’s Day.
Capra’s film, which originally starred Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn, has been adapted with a new screenplay by Rod Lurie, who has more than a little experience with the subject of political campaigning from his 2000 film The Contender and the television drama “Commander in Chief” starring Geena Davis. Richard Gere has been attached to play the lead role for some time with Annette Bening’s name having been mentioned to play his wife.
As of yet, nothing has been confirmed including whether Marshall will make State of the Union his next project following the hit Valentine’s Day. So far, they also haven’t set up any sort of distribution deal though we can expect that to change once everything else falls into place.
UPDATE: Since we discovered Biel’s name was in the running for a role in the movie, our original source for the information has seemingly back-tracked, and there’s a chance that Marshall might not even be doing the movie and if he’s out, so is Jessica Biel. In fact, Richard Gere may not even be attached to the movie anymore, and they might be starting from scratch.