by on June 6,2012

What do you think? Would Mia be a good fit?

Johanna Mason may look a little like Jane Eyre. According to the Indiewire blog The Playlist, “Jane Eyre” actress Mia Wasikowska and Zoe Aggeliki are on the short list of contenders to play Johanna in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” the highly anticipated follow-up to “The Hunger Games.”

In the Suzanne Collins-penned novels, Johanna is the last surviving female Hunger Games victor from District 7. (Which Games she conquered isn’t known.) She meets Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) before the 75th Hunger Games and forms an uneasy bond with the bow-and-arrow wielding heroine. Johanna is also friendly with Finnick Odair, a role producers are also still trying to cast. Taylor Kitsch, Armie Hammer, Robert Pattinson and Garrett Hedlund were all rumored at one point or another to play Finnick.

While Wasikowska is slightly older than Lawrence, she doesn’t necessarily seem right for the part on first glance. Johanna has a strong-willed sexuality in the books, something that the “Alice in Wonderland” star has yet to exhibit onscreen. (Someone like “Shameless” star Emmy Rossum might be a better fit for Johanna.)

Aggeliki is a newcomer to the scene, but has a supporting role in “R.I.P.D.,” a supernatural action comedy with Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges. That film is due in theaters next summer.


by on May 5,2012

Australian actor Mia Wasikowska is set to star in Tracks, a film from See-Saw producers Emile Sherman and Iain Canning.Based on the memoir of the same name by Robyn Davidson, the movie will follow the journey of a young woman as she travels 2,700 kilometres through the desert from Alice Springs to the west coast of Australia.

Wasikowska will portray Davidson, who made the epic journey back in 1977, accompanied solely by four camels, a dog, and, on occasion, by American stills photographer Rick Smolan. John Curran will direct, with Transmission handling distribution in Australia and New Zealand. Momentum Pictures will release the film in the UK. Rights have also been sold to Switzerland and Italy.


by on April 4,2012

Mia Wasikowska is reportedly confirmed to star as Emma Bovary herself in the new Occupant Entertainment-production, scripted by Rose Barreneche.

Sophie Barthes-directed adaptation of “Madame Bovary” stays ‘faithful to Gustave Flaubert’s story, but is a fresh retelling of the classic, focusing on more contemporary and youthful themes.’

Paul Giamatti is ‘also circling a key role,’ which could likely be the sly and conniving Monsieur Lheureux and would re-team him with Barthes (Cold Souls).

The novel has been adapted for the screen numerous times, despite “Madame Bovary” belonged to that classic box of literature labeled ‘unfilmable.’

The power of novel lied in the characters’ relationship to what happens to them, till Claude Chabrol, one of the most prolific members of the French New Wave cinema movement, brought 1991 Isabelle Huppert-starring feature. He brought back the importance to Flaubert of setting taking this up very powerfully in the film.


by on February 2,2012

Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska have boarded Richard Ayoade’s sophmore movie project, The Double.

The novella details the story of an insignificant man driven to near breakdown by the appearance of his doppelganger. The film is said to reflect on loneliness and our need to love and be loved. Jesse Eisenberg will play the lead Yakov Petrovich Golyadkin as well as his doppelganger with Mia Wasikowska role currently undetermined. The film is inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s novella with the same name.

The script is being written by the director and original writer Avi Korine with Amina Dasmal and Robin Fox producing.

The project is set to shoot in the U.K. in spring/summer this year.


by on January 1,2012

We started today’s news with “this is a shame,” and I’ll reiterate that just a few hours later: this is a shame. As much as it saddens me, BoxOfficeMojo informs us that John Hillcoat‘s Wettest County in the World has been moved from its original date of April 20th to August 31st. Not the end of the world, but for a film that was supposed to hit at the end of 2011 and then got pushed to the spring, this latest development is bound to induce some groans.

Yet, though I’d prefer to see the movie in three and a half months and not almost eight, this decision makes total sense on the Weinstein Company’s part. April 20th is a pretty crowded day for wide releases — House at the End of the Street, Lockout, The Lucky One, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and something called Chimpanzee all hit. August 30th, on the other hand, only brings 7500 and The Possession, or the typical horror fare that hits around Labor Day. (Weinstein was also supposed to open Scary Movie 5 on April 20th, but that hasn’t shot a single frame. Let’s be serious here.)

The cops and criminals, Prohibition-flavored events that star Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Jason Clarke, Guy Pearce, Gary Oldman, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska has the potential to blow those other two openers out of the box office water, depending on how they sell it. (Coming less than a month and a half after The Dark Knight Rises, which stars both Oldman and Hardy, could be used to County‘s advantage.) Good on it for that; I still want to see the thing right away.

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