April 16, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Looks like British actress Emily Blunt is having a bit of a moment. Variety reports Warner Bros is in negotiations with the “Five Year Engagement” star to play the female lead in “All You Need is Kill”, Doug Liman’s sci-fi thriller starring Tom Cruise. Additionally, the actress remains one of the studio’s favorites for the female lead in Rob Marshall-Johnny Depp comedy “The Thin Man.”
In “All You Need is Kill”, Cruise plays a soldier in a futuristic war against an alien race who finds himself reliving the day he dies over and over again, and becomes more adept at surviving as he learns more throughout each repeated day. Blunt plays another soldier, presumably the one he notices for the first time on his 158th repeated day, and who he discovers could lead to his final salvation or downfall.
In “The Thin Man”, Blunt is reportedly a “top contender”, along with Emma Stone and Kristen Wiig, for the role of Nora Charles, wife to Depp’s Nick Charles, a former detective. The two are unwittingly drawn into investigating a decades old murder, trading flirtation and banter along the way.
After breaking out in “The Devil Wears Prada”, Blunt seemed poised for stardom then seemed to get bogged down in duds like “The Wolfman” and “Gulliver’s Travels.” But positive buzz on “Five Year Engagement”, set to open the Tribeca Film Festival this weekend and releasing on April 27th, is clearly putting the talented comedienne back on the radar. Sure to garner her more buzz is Rhian Johnson’s time-travel thriller “Looper”, in which she stars opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt. That film opens on September 28th.
March 29, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
An eclectic group of actresses are on the shortlist for the next Next Big Role, as Deadline reports director Rob Marshall is on the hunt for a leading lady for his next feature film, “The Thin Man.” Those vying for the part opposite Johnny Depp include Oscar winners and nominees Rachel Weisz, Amy Adams and Carey Mulligan, funny ladies Emily Blunt, Isla Fisher, Kristen Wiig and Emma Stone, and Depp’s upcoming “Dark Shadows” co-star Eva Green.
Depp will as Nick Charles, a former detective who gave up the trade to live a life of drunken partying with his witty, young and wealthy socialite wife Nora. Against their wishes, they’re drawn back into investigating a murder, trading banter and flirtation along the way. The film could be construed as a remake since six films were released in the 1930s starring William Powell and Myrna Loy, but Marshall will be sourcing the original novel by Dashiell Hammett.
Though Nora is supposed to be younger than Nick, it seems Stone (next in “The Amazing Spider-Man”) and Mulligan (recently wrapped up Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby”) are skewing pretty young to play romantic interest to Depp. Green and Depp will play ex-lovers in Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” next month, making us wonder if it’s too soon to pair them up again. Wiig had a big breakout moment after “Bridesmaids”, though her comedic chops have geared more towards sardonic rather than airy; while Weisz (the sole Oscar winner here for “The Constant Gardener”) has done very little comedy in her career. Fisher, Mulligan’s “Great Gatsby” co-star and a proven talented comedienne, and Adams, twice Oscar nominated and breaking out as a full blown Disney princess in “Enchanted”, seem like the best choices to us, though it must come down, in the end, to chemistry with Depp. What say you, readers?