Jones will play Meryl Streep's husband in Sony comedy

After months of negotiations, Tommy Lee Jones has closed a deal to play Meryl Streep’s husband in Sony Pictures’ comedy “Great Hope Springs.”

David Frankel (“The Devil Wears Prada”) is directing the pic from a Black List script by Vanessa Taylor.

Laffer finds Streep and Jones playing a long-married couple struggling with intimacy issues who receive an intense week of marriage and sex therapy from a famed relationship guru, who will be played by Steve Carell.

Todd Black is producing for Escape Artists along with Guymon Casady of Film 360, the feature production arm of Management 360. Mandate Pictures prexy Nathan Kahane will exec produce with Escape Artists’ Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch, as well as Jessie Nelson. Mandate’s Lawrence Grey will serve as a co-producer, while Escape Artists’ Chris Coggins and Lance Johnson will associate produce.

Mandate will start production on “Great Hope Springs” this August. Sony will distribute the film in North America in the 4th quarter of 2012.

Film 360 discovered the project and partnered with Escape Artists before the two companies approached Mandate for financing. Lionsgate will be handling international sales.

Jones was last seen in John Wells’ drama “The Company Men.” Thesp next stars in Par’s “Captain America” and Sony’s “Men in Black III.” He’s also a member of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” ensemble.

Jones is repped by CAA, which was integral in putting the project together at Mandate, whose Dan Freedman negotiated the deal.

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