HOLLYWOOD -- When a handful of heavyweights get involved in bringing a best seller to the screen, it's almost guaranteed that there'll be some serious mucking about with the book to accommodate casting. Star power, as it's called.
In the latest example of this practice, a key character, the womanizing senior attorney Avery in John Grisham's novel "The Firm," could become a female attorney instead. Specifically, Meryl Streep.
How does the Oscar-winning actress play a middle-aged lawyer in what was once an all-male Mob-run firm? Very simply -- director Sydney Pollack wants her in the movie, due to shoot in the fall.