For someone who made just as much of an impact in No Country for Old Men as Josh Brolin did, Javier Bardem has been taking it easy in the face of possible stardom. He took on some Cholera and a little Vicky Cristina Barcelona, dropped out of some other projects, and that's about it.

But now Variety reports that he's going to star in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's new Spanish-language film, Biutiful. Being in the early stages, not much is being said about the plot, other than Bardem will play "a man embroiled in shady dealings who is confronted by a childhood friend, now a policeman." Could it possibly be Gael Garcia Bernal? The actor is pretty well linked to Inarritu.

I'm sure this will be a great project for Bardem, should this not become another film he backs out of, and one that has a decent chance of bringing him more critical acclaim. *

*Edited, thanks to Princess of Peace -- while we might hope for a reunion, this is all Inarritu's film.