Louis-Dreyfus And Gandolfini Team Up

For Nicole Holofcener's next film

Since her excellent and not-enough-seen Please Give a couple of years ago, director Nicole Holofcener has been biding her time with TV work on the likes of Enlightened and Parks And Recreation. She's about to return to the cinema though, with an as-yet untitled comedy drama, for which Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini are both in talks.

If you were given to stating the obvious, you could call it a meeting of Seinfeld and The Sopranos, since Louis-Dreyfus spent nine glorious seasons as Elaine Benes, and Gandolfini raged through six years as Fat Tony Soprano.

But the two are also linked by Armando Iannucci: Louis-Dreyfus has just scored a second season in his HBO comedy series Veep, and Gandolfini was in In The Loop, the movie spun off from the genius that was the BBC's The Thick Of It.

Holofcener's new film will see Louis-Dreyfus as the proprietress of a massage parlour, who falls in love with the husband of a new friend. Gandolfini, of course, is playing the husband. Clearly JLD is a more enthusiastic masseuse than Jennifer Coolidge was...