So today while reading Ultratart, I was reminded that "The Other Boleyn Girl" is being made into a movie. Now, the last I heard of this there was chatter about Keira Knightly (she of the maniacal jaw and gangly arms) would be playing one of the Boleyn sisters. This caused me to crawl into the fetal position and rock back and forth humming to myself. Thus, in fear of what the reality of such a casting disaster might do to me I have not kept updated on the state of this film. BUT, today I brought myself to IMDB it and the cast stands thusly:
Anne Boleyn: Natalie Portman
Mary Boleyn: Scarlett Johannson
Now, I know most of you have read this book at my suggestion and enjoyed it just as much as I did.
So how do we feel about this?
I run so hot and cold with Miss Portman. Like I went from totally despising her in Star Wars (and also because I ran into her at the Pancake House in Montauk and she was fighting with her boyfriend and was scary thin and had frizzy hair and was just an all around miserable looking person, but she might have just been pissy because my friend would NOT stop making fun of Jar Jar Binks) to finding her quirky and adorable in "Garden State" (which caused me just to blame George Lucas, Hayden "Wooden" Christenson and Jar Jar for her previous heinousness) to once again hating her in "V-The-Kid-Who-Played-The-Artful-Dodger-In-My-5th-Grade-Production-of-Oliver-Does-A-Better-British-Accent-Than-You-for-Vendetta". I'm at a loss...I mean...she LOOKS like Anne Boleyn should. Petite, dark, mysterious. I'm nervous.
In terms of Scarlett...I'm so over her. Like, I enjoy the fact that she has a bangin' bod and for the most part dresses very well, but I think she thinks that she's a lot smarter and cooler than she actually is. And she always loves talking about how "free" she is with her sexuality...and how she's a "sexual being" and I sort feel like she's trying really hard to come off edgy, unconcerned and cool. HOWEVER, I think she's pretty damn versatile and talented. So I'm cool with this casting choice. And really? Mary Boleyn is the classic ingenue. Anyone moderately attractive could play her character. In terms of this story it's really Anne who is the complex anti-heroine. Do I sound like a librarian yet? DO I?