Barbra Streisand is undeniably still a huge cultural figure-- witness the ticket prices for her upcoming concert at the new basketball stadium in my neighborhood if you don't believe me-- but she hasn't starred in a film in over a decade, unless you count her appearances in Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers (out of respect for her talent, we'll ignore those). But she'll be back in a big way later this year, starring opposite Seth Rogen in the road trip comedy The Guilt Trip, and she may also be planning a big comeback behind the camera as well.

According to Showbiz 411, Streisand is planning to direct a film based on the true love story between Erskine Caldwell, the author of Southern-set novels like Tobacco Road, and photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White, who was one of the first-ever female war photographers. Colin Firth and Cate Blanchett are reportedly set to star-- because there's nothing like hiring a Brit and an Australian to play American historical figures!-- and the film is getting independent financing in time to start production in January of 2013.

Of course, none of this is confirmed yet, and it's unclear how this might fit in with the Gypsy that Streisand is likely still planning, with Julian Fellowes set to write the script. But after such a long time away from the movies, Streisand is making big strides toward a comeback-- and when The Guilt Trip comes to theaters on Christmas Day, we'll find out if she's still got it.

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