Entertainment Weekly is currently reporting that Cameron Diaz is in early negotiations to play the female lead in Michel’s Gondry’s upcoming adaptation of “The Green Hornet” starring Seth Rogen and Stephen Chow. The film is set to start filming in the next few weeks with a planned release date of July 9th, 2010. Hit the jump for my thoughts on casting Diaz.
Without knowing anything about the script other than it was written by Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg (their previous work being “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express”) their collaboration with Gondry already has me incredibly psyched for the film. I wish I could be more enthusiastic about Diaz, but (and I say this without knowing anything about her character so take this punditry with a grain of salt as I’m sure you always do) my current problem with her is that she seems stuck playing the same roles she could have done ten years ago. It’s not her fault because there aren’t a lot of strong roles for women in their mid-30s but Diaz compounds the problem because those strong mid-30s roles go to more talented actresses. Diaz only really stepped up in “Being John Malkovich” and to a lesser extent for “In Her Shoes” and she hurts herself by doing silly comedies like “What Happens In Vegas”.
A lead role for Cameron Diaz in a big summer picture like “Green Hornet” is a waste because it can’t further her career and I don’t know what she brings to the picture whereas I’m excited about the participation of Rogen, Chow, and Gondry. It would be so much better to give the role to an up-and-comer or an unknown like “Wedding Crashers” did for Isla Fisher or “Men in Black II” did for Rosario Dawson. Diaz needs to do the opposite and take dramatically challenging, supporting roles lest she fade completely into irrelevance.
Of course, she could just end up proving me wrong with her upcoming film, “The Box” which hits theatres on October 30th.