Javier Bardem (Vicky Cristina Barcelona) is in talks to star opposite Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love, the Ryan Murphy-directed adaptation of the Elizabeth Gilbert memoir for Columbia Pictures. Richard Jenkins rounds out the cast.

According to Variety, Roberts plays the author, and Bardem will play Felipe, the man Gilbert meets and falls in love with on the final leg of a journey of self-discovery that began with the end of her marriage.

Richard Jenkins plays a Texan whom the heroine befriends at an Indian ashram.

The film was adapted by Murphy, the Nip/Tuck creator who last directed Running with Scissors.

Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner are producing through Plan B.