According to The Hollywood Reporter, two-time Tony Award nominee Patrick Wilson is in talks to star in writer-director Todd Field's relationship drama Little Children opposite four-time Oscar nominee Kate Winslet and Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly for New Line Cinema.

Field was fending off considerable interest for the role of a sexy young father who is a former college quarterback. After meeting with Wilson in New York, Field was so impressed with the theater and film actor that he instantly offered him the part.

Wilson, who starred in Joel Schumacher's Phantom of the Opera last year, also was nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his role in Angels in America.