Monday, August 16, 2010

Double Oh! (Casting News)

By now you've heard that the great casting search of 2010 (distaff division) has ended. Rooney Mara has landed the role of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

Rooney & Noomi

That's the role that Noomi Rapace played in the Swedish trilogy based on the best selling book franchise about men who really hate women. David Fincher rejected most of the famous names who wanted the coveted role of this short little sociopath. Little known fact: in addition to height and age requirements only actresses with double O in their name were considered for the famed Tattoo part.

Soleil Moon Frye was deemed too old, despite having come to fame playing short little sociopath Punky Brewster.

Speaking of double Os, it'll be nice to see 007 Daniel Craig again, won't it? Especially with Fincher's camera on him. Think of the multiple wonders Fincher's camera pulled from Brad Pitt over the years, give or take Benjamin Button.

In other strange double lettered casting news Marilyn Monroe ("MM") was supposed to be a character in two upcoming features with major actresses like Naomi Watts (Blonde) and Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn) playing her.


Now, supposedly there's a third Marilyn picture in the works. The author of the book "The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog", which is about the last two years of Marilyn's life as seen by the pet terrier that Frank Sinatra gave her, thinks that Angelina Jolie will play her in the film adaptation. But that sounds like an author delusion. What a strange movie that would make. Not that there's anything wrong with strange movies. We like them.

New Rule: In the future all movies must contain at least one scene involving a character named Marilyn Monroe so that every actress gets a chance to play her. Apparently they all want to.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

At the London Premiere of SALT, Angelina Jolie said she knew nothing of the rumor about her playing Marilyn Monroe. But the author got alot of publicity for his book.

Jenn said...

Angelia Jolie would make one truly awful Marilyn Monroe. No offense to either woman, they're both fabulous.

NATHANIEL R said...

Jenn -- agreed. there's just nothing within her arsenal that could suggest the kind of woman Marilyn was. The only thing they have in common is great beauty.

Sara said...

I don't like any of those actresses for Marilyn. Why even bother; none of the actresses who are about the right age understand what made Marilyn so popular and enduring.

Ed P. said...

It will be difficult to deliver such a brilliant performance as Lisbeth Salander like Noomi Rapace's. Rooney Mara must work hard on this character!

One Marilyn Monroe biopic seems good, two are ok, but three seems to much! I can see Williams as Marilyn, but I don't know if Watts and Jolie are good choices for the role...

JD said...

Jolie as Monroe?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! you must be kidding me!!

Amanda said...

I think Naomi Watts is the right age,,,isnt she 40 or 41?

OtherRobert said...

I think Naomi Watts is a bit too old to be playing the young Marilyn that is focused on so much in Joyce Carol Oates' Blonde. I think she'd be a wonderful Marilyn, but not for this project. We'll see.

SoSueMe said...

Noooo...I wanted Katie Jarvis as Lisbeth...oh well! I really want Katie to have a career...I don't want her to be a flash in the pan.

Neel Mehta said...

I've only seen Rooney Mara in Youth in Revolt. She strikes me as the 4th best choice from that movie alone to play Lisbeth, behind Ari Graynor, Jade Fusco, and Portia Doubleday.

Come to think of it, Ari Graynor could be made to look like Noomi Rapace. Both are young but skew older, which helps when you're cast opposite Daniel Craig. Until just now I could only think of two people who resemble the film's Lisbeth:

- Gina Gershon, circa 1988
- Adam Lambert, circa 2010

Anonymous said...

You know, I always thought Charlize Theron would've ade a GREAT Marilyn Monroe!