The New York Post reported Feb. 1 that Gwyneth Paltrow's likely involvement in the London production of David Auburn's Proof may lead to her starring in the film version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Paltrow is currently in talks to play the role of Catherine in a Donmar Warehouse staging of the drama.
Auburn himself adapted the play for the screen. John Hart, Jeffrey Sharp and Robert Kessel, of Hart Sharp, bought the film rights to the play last year. According to Variety, Hart Sharp will produce the film with Miramax.
Mary-Louise Parker created the part of Catherine, the troubled daughter of an inspired, but touched, mathematician, Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club and then on Broadway. Jennifer Jason Leigh is currently playing the part at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Parker won a Tony Award for her portrayal. One would imagine that Parker, a film star in her own right (though not of the Oscar-level caliber of Paltrow), is also vying for the role.
Paltrow's last stage appearance was in a much publicized production of As You Like It at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, shortly after she won her Oscar for "Shakespeare in Love."
Proof won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award, among many other laurels.