Gyllenhaal Replaces Collette In Comedy Role May 5, 2008 Benjamin Esposito, a career long criminal court employee, has recently retired and decides to write a novel. He does not decide to make up a story. There is no need to. He can draw on his own past for a true and tragic story. In 1974, his court was assigned an investigation into the rape and murder of a beautiful young woman. The search for the murderer is arduous. No clues remain at the scene and Esposito must rely on his own instincts. No longer an observer, he becomes an unwilling central character in a dangerous drama. As he moves forward, Esposito begins to see that it is now too late to stop. Telling the story becomes a narrow, winding path in justifying his own life and facing up to the woman who he’s been in love with for 30 years. Maggie Gyllenhaal has replaced Toni Collette in director Sam Mendes’s upcoming relationship comedy. Collette dropped out due to scheduling delays on the as-yet-untitled film, which is currently shooting in Conneticut, reports Variety. The film revolves around a couple (John Krasinski, Maya Rudolph) who travel around the US looking for a place to settle down and raise a family. Gyllenhaal will play a bohemian college professor who is an old friend of Krasinski’s character. Curb Your Enthusiasm star Cheryl Hines is also among the cast. EXTRAs: Maggie has been in three movies with her brother Jake Gyllenhaal: A Dangerous Woman (1993) (directed by their father), Homegrown (1998) (directed by their father), and Donnie Darko (2001).