Oscar winner Sandra Bullock is in early talks to star in the political comedy “Our Brand Is Crisis,” which George Clooney and Grant Heslov are producing for Warner Bros., an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap.
Bullock’s publicist did not respond to multiple requests for comment, while representatives for Warner Bros. and Clooney had no comment.
“Our Brand Is Crisis” is based on Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary, which focused on the use of American political campaign strategies in Bolivia by President Clinton’s former consultants James Carville and Stan Greenberg.
It remains unclear whether Clooney will co-star in the project, which he and Heslov are producing through their Smokehouse Pictures banner. Clooney, who is putting the finishing touches on “Monuments Men,” is not expected to direct “Our Brand Is Crisis,” which was written by Peter Straughan (“The Men Who Stare at Goats”).
Bullock and Clooney have discussed the project in depth while doing promotional rounds for “Gravity.” Should Bullock sign on to star, she would play “Calamity” Jane Bodine, a retired American political consultant who often quotes famous people to help hammer home her talking points.
Last week at an event for “August: Osage County,” TheWrap asked Heslov whether Bullock was involved in “Our Brand of Crisis,” to which he responded “I don’t know,” while his wife added “He can’t say!” However, Heslov did tell TheWrap that the project is “at the very top of our list. Everything sort of has its time, and I feel like with ‘Our Brand Is Crisis,’ its time has come.”
Bullock’s potential involvement has been rumored recently, though she has not closed a deal or decided whether “Our Brand Is Crisis” will be her next film, as she’s being courted to star in several projects, including “The Perfect Heist.” Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing the Screen Gems caper, which follows a female thief whose male accomplices are thrown in jail following a botched robbery, prompting her to recruit their wives and girlfriends to save them.
Bullock received a SAG Award nomination on Wednesday for her performance in “Gravity,” which has grossed $631 million worldwide. Bullock also starred opposite Melissa McCarthy in “The Heat,” which took in $229 million worldwide. The actress won an Oscar for her work in “The Blind Side.” She’s represented by CAA.