Anyone who has seen Big Night knows Stanley Tucci is great in films about food. Sure, that movie was actually about grander things than the culinary arts, but it is best remembered for its timpano and other traditional Italian treats. Now, Tucci will co-star in another foodie movie, and just as in Big Night, he'll be leaving the cooking to his partner. According to Variety, the actor has been cast as Julia Child's husband, Paul, in Julie & Julia. Obviously this rules out the original theory that the famous cookbook author and cooking show host would merely show up in the movie as an apparition. The trade reports that the movie, based on Julie Powell's food blog and her book "Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen", will have an additional focus on Julia Child's years in Paris during the '40s and '50s. Following her service in the OSS (precursor to the CIA) during WWII, Julia met and married wealthy diplomat Paul Cushing Child, who introduced her to fine cuisine and financially supported her ventures as a chef.

As we've previously learned, 14-time-Oscar-nominee Meryl Streep will be playing Julia. The addition of Tucci should be interesting to fans of The Devil Wears Prada, as the actor played Streep's co-worker in that film. The other title character in Julie & Julia will be played by ever-rising star Amy Adams, who is currently charming audiences in Enchanted (for which she's also guaranteed a slot in the Golden Globe nominations, to be announced this week). The movie follows Julie, a "frustrated temp secretary who embarks on a yearlong culinary quest to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." She chronicles her trials and tribulations in a blog that catches on with the food crowd." The screenplay was written by chick-flick master Nora Ephron, who is also directing.