Back in May, Erik reported with approval that Hilary Swank had taken the lead roll in P.S., I Love You, a novel-based project about a widow whose husband lives on through the notes he wrote her before his death (he had a brain tumor, see, so there was time to get organized). And, according to today's Hollywood Reporter, the husband now has a (handsome) face: Gerard Butler has been cast opposite Swank, so apparently we'll be seeing the fellow more often than we do your average dead guy.

THR also has some more details on the plot which, for those of us unfamiliar with the book, are sort of ... odd. It turns out that the notes left by the husband aren't of the simple, "Aw, Schmoopy! I wuvs you soooo much!" variety. Instead, they set out a "list of tasks" for the wife to fulfill, ostensibly to "ease her out of grief and transition her to a new life." Uh, what? I guess that means "do laundry" isn't on the list, but jeez, could a dying guy have LESS confidence in his spouse? Gerard, you bastard! (And if any of you have read the book -- little help here, please? Make me feel better about this nonsense.)

The film will be directed by Richard LaGravenese, and production begins this fall.