April 9, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Gemma Arterton is about to take the plight of competitive young actresses to the extreme as THR reports the young Brit is in talks to star in thriller/comedy “Wright Girls.” The film, based on a Japanese film called “2LDK” (though it sounds like it could easily have been pulled from real life), revolves around two actresses who live and work together on a successful TV show, while pretending to be best friends offscreen. In reality, they can’t stand each other and begin going to violent extremes to eliminate the other as they discover they’re up for the same movie role.
Andy Fickman is in negotiations to direct from a script written by “Easy A” scribe Bert Royal. The other actress has not been cast; Megan Fox was reportedly attached at one point but is now out of the project completely.
The female-centric comedy will be a nice change for Arterton, who has made a name playing the damsel in distress in big budget action flicks with male protagonists, from “Quantum of Solace” to “Clash of the Titans” to “Price of Persia.” She recently wrapped up vampire flick “Byzantium” opposite Saoirse Ronan and “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” opposite Jeremy Renner.
July 25, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
ABC Family star Shailene Woodley, who plays teen mom Amy on the network’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager”, is set to make a play for the big screen, taking one of three lead roles in Fox Searchlight’s new comedy “A Thousand Words or Less”, according to Variety. The studio picked up the spec script from “Easy A” screenwriter Bert Royal, who will also make his directorial debut on the film.
“A Thousand Words” revolves around a national essay-writing competition that “sends three ambitious teenagers into a sexy game of one-upmanship.” Who knew writing essays could be sexy?! That being said, a little 2007 Sundance film called “Rocket Science”, in which an unconventionally sexy Anna Kendrick seduces Reece Thompson into becoming her debate team partner, comes to mind, so we are intrigued by this potentially similar premise. Woodley will presumably play one of the three teenagers, and no word yet on who her rivals will be.
The studio seems to be keen on the young actress, casting her in “A Thousand Words” after she starred in the upcoming Alexander Payne directed “The Descendents” for them, playing one of George Clooney’s daughters. The November 23rd release, thanks to its pedigree actor/director combo, is considered an early favorite for the 2012 Oscar season, making it one hell of a big screen debut for the primarily TV actress.