Anthony Hopkins May Equal Proof Patriarch in Miramax Film Version

News   Anthony Hopkins May Equal Proof Patriarch in Miramax Film Version
Anthony Hopkins ("Silence of the Lambs") may take on the role of mathematical genius and father to Gwyneth Paltrow's Catherine in the Miramax Films screen adaptation of David Auburn's Proof, Variety reports.

Shooting is scheduled to being this fall on the David Auburn Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play, under the direction of John Madden. Rebecca Miller reportedly rewrote the script from Auburn's screenplay for the project, which is being produced by Hart Sharp Productions. Jake Gyllenhaal is under consideration for the role of Hal, the protégé and admirer of the math professor who falls for his mentor's daughter. The young actor has been seen in such films as "Moonlight Mile," "The Good Girl," "Bubble Boy" and "Donnie Darko."

Paltrow, whose deal is nearly closed, will reprise the role she played at London's Donmar Warehouse under the direction of Madden. The actress won an Academy Award for her work in "Shakespeare in Love" and has appeared in "Emma," "Great Expectations" and "The Talented Mr. Ripley."

Proof opened on Broadway on Oct. 24, 2000 following a run at Off-Broadway's Manhattan Theatre Club. The play went on to win the year's top prizes — the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Mary-Louise Parker, who won a Tony Award for her performance, starred opposite Ben Shenkman, Larry Bryggman and Johanna Day.

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