Oscar-nominated actress Cate Blanchett
is in talks to play Kevin Spacey
's ex-wife in The Shipping News
, based on the 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Annie Proulx
reports. Lasse Hallström
(The Cider House Rules
) will direct the film, which centers on a man (Spacey) who tries to pull his life together after his wife has run off with his two daughters and sold them into prostitution.