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, Variety reports. Lasse Hallstr&#246m (The Cider House Rules and Chocolat) 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.