What happened to Meg Ryan? It doesn't feel like it was that long ago when she was starring in movies like Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally or even You've Got Mail. Be it the old adage about women's expiration date in Hollywood, the bad plastic surgery or the fact that she started appearing in some really bad movies, her career hasn't exactly gone well in the last decade. For that reason, the title of her newest project makes total sense.

According to Variety, Ryan is currently in talks to star in Long Time Gone for first time director Sarah Siegel-Magness. The film would be the actress' first since Serious Midnight in 2009. The story centers on a broken family that only begins to heal itself when the teenage son's girlfriend moves into the house and "changes their lives forever." Ryan will play the family matriarch who, after learning that her husband is cheating on her, spends an entire summer bedridden. The project is based on the novel Angel Angel by April Stevens and is scheduled to begin production this fall.

As with any actor, Meg Ryan is only one great movie and one terrific performance away from finally getting her career back on track and perhaps even reclaiming her title as America's Sweetheart. Perhaps this will be the project that turns it around.

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