Julia Roberts Circling Charlie Wilson's War
Source: Variety
January 11, 2006

In what would be her first onscreen role since 2004's Ocean's Twelve, Julia Roberts is circling Universal Pictures' Charlie Wilson's War.

Variety says Roberts is in early talks to board the project with her Closer director Mike Nichols. She would star with Tom Hanks, who is producing the film with Playtone partner Gary Goetzman.

Hanks declared last year that he'd play Charlie Wilson, the rogue Texas congressman who oversaw the covert funding of the Afghan rebels in their battle against the Soviet Union.

Roberts is in talks to play Joanne Herring, a big-haired and beautiful Texas socialite who influenced Wilson to support the rebel cause.

Based on the book by 60 Minutes producer George Crile, the film was written by Aaron Sorkin. Production will begin later this year.

^ this would be a great prestige project to step into after her
upcoming stint on Broadway.