on wuthering heights.. 2011
February 16, 2010 § 9 Comments
this pops up on the radar:
o hohhhhh….. i’m thinking..
first of all, it seems the need for commercial popularity/attractiveness hasn’t changed since 1939. ed westwick as heathcliff eh? (for all you non-girls or under-rock inhabitants, this is the guy who plays the lustful, filthy rich womanizer and sex-addict chuck bass on gossip girl). are they really going to cast a guy who’s acting credits mostly consist of “balt” from one episode of californication and “randy” from the straight-to-video thriller s. darko? i suppose he’s got dark hair, dark eyes, british accent, and a kind of sleazy smoulder.. but it doesn’t matter, he’s too short! he can’t possibly be my gloriously rugged mr. heathcliff……
if you’ve never seen him in action before, here’s a rather thorough sample:
a scene from her run as tess durbeyfield from bbc’s tess of the d’ubervilles in 2008:
well. i’m just being cynical as usual i know, but.. well. well maybe these two will make me eat my words come 2011 (assuming production goes on schedule and a movie is produced) and rock my socks off. but i’m allowed to be scornful till then right? : )
as for director peter webber and screenwriter olivia hetreed, i’m feeling hopeful. they’re the pair behind 2003’s girl with a pearl earring, starring colin firth and scarlett johansson as famed dutch painter johannes vermeer and his (fictional) muse and model for the legendary painting of the same name.
i went out and bought that dvd a few years ago after reading the novel by tracy chevalier, which i liked very much. as an appreciator of art and an appreciator of film i honestly loved that movie. it was visually arresting and artistic, emotional, vivid, with fantastically subtle performances by the entire cast. from the always-gorgeous scarlett (who barely uttered 5 lines in the entire picture) to the moody, sensual master of the household played to perfection by colin firth, to lesser-known but amazing actress essie davis as his jealous wife….. it was a beautiful thing.
but i digress. my point was, i loved girl with a pearl earring enough to go and watch anything the director of that movie makes.. even if it stars freaking chuck bass.
as for the rest of the article, it’s interesting the casting process they went through no? and according to what its imdb page says, potentials for the role of cathy included natalie portman, lindsay lohan, abbie cornish, and jessica alba. oooh.
as for heathcliff, other choices included michael fassbender (god i loved him in inglourious basterds) and henry cavill (of the tudors fame, and also for being stephenie meyer’s first choice for movie-edward cullen.* *males may ignore.)
is it just me, or do all of these choices seem a lot more appropriate (and attractive) than ed westwick and this girl gemma arterton? except maybe lindsay lohan and jessica alba.. well who knows, i really should shut up about this lest it turns out to be completely brilliant or something.
i wonder who i would cast if i were director………
who would be your heathcliff and cathy?