Readers who swooned over Elizabeth Gilbert’s love interest—the tall, dark, handsome and seemingly too-good-to-be-true Felipe—in the mega-bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love won’t be disappointed: Javier Bardem is in talks to play the role opposite Julia Roberts in Columbia Pictures’ big screen adaptation of the book. Ryan Murphy, the creator of Nip/Tuck, will direct the film, his first since helming another adaption, Running with Scissors. Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner are producing. Veteran actor Richard Jenkins will play Gilbert’s wise Texan pal at the Indian ashram she visits on the second leg of her journey. Get your tissues at the ready: the movie is slated for release in 2011.