‘Tis a very good night for Hollywood actresses, as we learn from Deadline Hollywood that three of the loveliest leading ladies in show business scored high profile roles. Cate Blanchett will join Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana in Joe Wright’s Hanna, the story of a 14-year-old girl trained by her father to assassinate a high-ranking government official. Amber Tamblyn will play the female lead opposite James Franco in Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, the story of the mountain climber Aron Ralston, who survived being trapped under a boulder by cutting off his own arm. Finally, Mia Wasikowska will help bring literary classic Jane Eyre to the big screen under the guide of Sin Nombre writer/director Cary Fukunaga.
For more details on each project, please hit the jump.
I’ll start with the news item that intrigues me the most, namely Tamblyn’s casting. 127 Hours is Danny Boyle’s follow-up to the critically and publicly adored Slumdog Millionaire, so high expectations are a given. Due to the solitary nature of the main character’s predicament, there has been talk of Boyle’s desire to keep the first hour or so free of dialogue, with only the picturesque mountain scenery and Franco’s lovely mug to keep the audience entertained. However, Mike Fleming’s report includes a brief description of Tamblyn’s role as Ralston’s girlfriend, “with their relationship played out in flashbacks that keep him going”. This would certainly be more (though not entirely) conventional than the aforementioned structure, although I was sold as soon as Boyle was attached: I look forward to how the inherently captivating story will play out on screen, no matter what that entail.
Elsewhere, things are heating up over at Hanna headquarters, as just last week it was announced that Bana would join Ronan as she reunites with Atonement director Joe Wright for the film. It certainly is a unique logline, and perhaps that’s what attracted someone of Blanchett’s stature to the project. The Oscar winner adds even more weight to the already impressive cast; the talent involved combined with the potential of the premise ensure this will be one to look for.
Lastly, we find out that Wasikowska will follow up her lead role Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland by portraying the heroine from yet another adaptation of classic literature, Jane Eyre. For those who didn’t encounter the novel in their high school curriculum, Charlotte Brontë’s novel describes the struggles of the orphaned Jane, who survives a terrible childhood to become an admirable young woman in Victorian society. Wasikowska’s participation in Wonderland has considerably raised her profile, and this seems like a good (if safe) career move in the vein of Keira Knightley’s transition from the blockbuster Pirates in the Caribbean to her Oscar-nominated role in the adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.