Mia Wasikowska had a great 2010 as the star of the years second highest grosser (Alice in Wonderland) and the top limited release (The Kids Are All Right). It follows that she’s in for a busy 2011. According to Variety, Wasikowska is currently circling two projects: Stoker and The Wettest County in the World.
The Australian actress could ostensibly do both films, though negotiations are on hold while her camp tries to work out a schedule with the studios. Both projects would link her to some interesting talent — Carey Mulligan and Jodie Foster in Stoker, Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy in The Wettest County — so I hope Wasikowska figures out a way to sign on to at least one. Hit the jump for more info on both films.
Stoker was scripted by actor Wentworth Miller, and landed on the 2010 Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays. Oldboy director Park Chan-wook is in talks to make this his English-language debut. The logline tags Stoker as “the story of an eccentric teen whose enigmatic and estranged uncle who returns to the family after the death of the girl’s father.” The estranged uncle is reportedly a very meaty role, though it has not been cast as of this writing.
LaBeouf and Hardy are poised to star as Prohibition-era bootleggers in The Wettest County in the World, an adaptation of a novel by Matt Bondurant. This is a passion project for John Hillcoat (The Road), who will direct from a script by Nick Cave (The Proposition). The book’s synopsis:
The Bondurant Boys were a notorious gang of roughnecks and moonshiners who ran liquor through Franklin County, Virginia, during Prohibition and in the years after. Forrest, the eldest brother, is fierce, mythically indestructible, and the consummate businessman; Howard, the middle brother, is an ox of a man besieged by the horrors he witnessed in the Great War; and Jack, the youngest, has a taste for luxury and a dream to get out of Franklin. Driven and haunted, these men forge a business, fall in love, and struggle to stay afloat as they watch their family die, their father’s business fail, and the world they know crumble beneath the Depression and drought.
White mule, white lightning, firewater, popskull, wild cat, stump whiskey, or rotgut — whatever you called it, Franklin County was awash in moonshine in the 1920s. When Sherwood Anderson, the journalist and author of Winesburg, Ohio, was covering a story there, he christened it the “wettest county in the world.” In the twilight of his career, Anderson finds himself driving along dusty red roads trying to find the Bondurant brothers, piece together the clues linking them to “The Great Franklin County Moonshine Conspiracy,” and break open the silence that shrouds Franklin County. [Amazon]
Wasikowska will next be seen in Jane Eyre, which opens March 11.