You know how these things work. Before most high-caliber actor or actress signs on to a role, they battle it out with other high-caliber actor or actresses, before things get narrowed down again…and again. Today, we have the first step of this process, as Deadline knows eight possible actresses that are lining up to star opposite Johnny Depp In Rob Marshall‘s remake of The Thin Man.
They are (drumroll, please) Eva Green, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Rachel Weisz, Kristen Wiig, Emily Blunt and Isla Fisher. On first glance, Stone seems a bit young (but note that William Powell and Myrna Loy were 13 years apart in age for W. S. Van Dyke‘s original). Green is just coming off Tim Burton‘s Dark Shadows with Depp, so that could be a good fit.
My pick would be Wiig, just cause it seems like such an odd combo it may work for this detective comedy, especially the SNL actress playing off Depp being drunk the whole time. Mulligan seems a bit above this material, with her recent career choices and Weisz was also previously attached as far back as last spring, so she may already be more connected to the project in its current state. But all the women on the list are completely charming, so it’s difficult to screw this choice up.
As reported, The Thin Man was a book scribed by Dashiell Hammett, the iconic novelist who inspired one of film noir’s most esteemed entries: The Maltese Falcon. Notably The Thin Man is much lighter fare, featuring an eccentric trophy husband and his whip-smart bride as they gallivant about smugly solving mysteries and having adventures. The novel proved the basis of six films and a television show, making it a winsome franchise that spanned from 1934 to 1959. Jerry Stahl, David Koepp and Billy Ray have all had a pass on the script which will, of course, have a “contemporary feel.”
Who would you like to star alongside Depp?
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