It’s been a while since a good ensemble cast of women got together for a movie that wasn’t about how women relate to men. The best we get is crap like “The Craft” and “Bad Girls” and while I’m holding out hope for “Bitch Slap” later this year, the guy who may lead the feminist charge could end up being Zack Snyder of all people. His next film (after “Guardians of Ga’Hoole”), “Sucker Punch” sounds great (click here to watch Snyder’s interview with Steve where he talks about the film). Now it sounds like it’s getting a great cast on board, or at the very least, a cast that can surprise you.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Amanda Seyfried, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, and Evan Rachel Wood are all in talks to star in the film. It also provides a slightly more detailed synopsis of the plot:
Set in the 1950s, “Punch” follows a girl who is confined to a mental institution by her stepfather, who intends to have her lobotomized in five days. While there, she imagines an alternative reality to hide her from the pain, and in that world, she begins planning her escape, needing to steal five objects to help get her out before she is deflowered by a vile man.
Waves of “Pan’s Labyrinth” are washing over me with that synopsis and it feels amazing. But what of the cast? Seyfried would play the lead with Hudgens, Cornish, and Wood playing her fellow inmates who also travel in that alternate reality. To give you an even better sense of the film, Hudgens’ character is called “Blondie”, Cornish is “Sweet Pea”, and Wood is “Rocket”. Again, this a whole heap of awesome.