Last week we heard that Dianne Wiest and Chris Cooper were in talks to join the cast of HBO’s adaptation of the novel The Corrections. Today it looks as though the deal has been set and Cooper is confirmed to star in the series.

Deadline posted the news, confirming that Cooper (American Beauty, Adaptation) is set to join Diane Wiest (Edward Scissorhands, Bullets over Broadway) in the Noah Baumbach/Scott Rudin drama pilot based on Jonathan Franzen’s book The Corrections. Cooper will play the Wiest’s character’s husband, and the father to their three grown children, “as they trace their lives from the mid-20th century to ‘one last Christmas’ together near the turn of the millennium.”

Not having read the book, it’s hard to talk about whether or not the story will work if the pilot goes to series, however, I don't think it's a stretch to say that Dianne Wiest is among the best female actors currently working, and Cooper has proven to deliver some powerful performances. Is it too soon to start predicting Emmy nods for both Cooper and Wiest, should this pilot get picked up series? Given HBO’s track record for awards and the fact that both Cooper and Wiest have Oscars, I think not.

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