Barrymore has signed on to star with ex-beau Justin Long in New Line's latest romcom, Going the Distance. American Teen helmer Nanette Burstein is directing newcomer Geoff LaTulippe's script, which follows the challenges of a long-distance relationship; Barrymore will play a woman who moves to Chicago to be a middle-school teacher, and Long will play a script reader -- one, I presume, who resides wherever the woman is moving from.
It's a bit of a gift to Drew -- after she brought Long to He's Just Not That Into You, he brought her attention to this project. The pair have obviously come out of their relationship as friends, what with all the gig-sharing, but revisiting romance -- that's an entirely separate matter. How do you tap into feelings of love and attraction with your ex without stirring up the past? Or maybe this is just the precursor to Drew and Justin, 2.0.