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Imogen Poots To Star In Todd Field's 'Beautiful Ruins'

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 15, 2013 3:30 PM
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With seven years passing since Todd Field's last film, 2006's "Little Children," fans of the director have had to be patient in waiting for his next movie. Taking a Stanley Kubrick-like stretch between pictures (the late filmmaker was a mentor to Field, who had a small role in "Eyes Wide Shut"), five years spanned between his debut feature "In The Bedroom" and his aforementioned sophomore film. But it looks like things are finally happening for "Beautiful Ruins," as the project now has a lead actress.

The rising Imogen Poots ("Fright Night," "Jane Eyre") has bagged the lead role in the adaptation of Jess Walter's bestselling novel. Field adapted the screenplay that is set in the spring of 1962 off of the Ligurian Sea. It centers on three young characters whose orbit around one another is set in motion by an incident during the shooting of "Cleopatra" and continues on for decades. The story soaks up the glamorous setting of Rome, which was in the height of "La Dolce Vita" fame and considered one of the top jet-setting locales of its day.

This is a nice feather in an already impressive cap for Poots, who has films with Terrence Malick ("Knight Of Cups") and Peter Bogdanovich ("Squirrel To The Nuts") on the way, with the rom-com "That Awkward Moment" and tentpole "Need For Speed" already slated for a 2014 release. And oh yeah, she's also the Vanities girl in the December issue of Vanity Fair. “I'm kind of loving going from thing to thing right now. It's a lucky feeling to work on stuff that I actually really love. It's all groovy, so I'm just going to keep on hopping!” she told the magazine. And we'll be following. [Variety]

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  • Alan C | November 16, 2013 6:31 PMReply

    Who the hell is David Stratton?

    Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Russo called the book, “An absolute masterpiece.”

  • Alan B | November 16, 2013 11:35 PM

    He's appeared on juries for Venice, Berlin and Cannes and has written for Sight and Sound. My apologies for not citing someone you've heard of but, you know, it's difficult to write around one person's extreme ignorance.

  • Alan B | November 16, 2013 4:29 PMReply

    Film critic David Stratton on the book: "I thought this was wildly unconvincing on almost every level. I didn't believe these characters. I didn't believe this young actress who thinks she's got cancer when, in fact, she's pregnant. I mean, what's that all about?"

  • Alan B | November 17, 2013 3:26 PM

    I should have known that Fields is a sacred cow, and that any critical thought is to be shut down. I thought it was interesting that a notable FILM CRITIC hated the book, but I guess even mentioning this fact was TOO MUCH TO BARE for most people on this blog.

  • Jennie Bell | November 17, 2013 3:40 AM

    Sight and Sound? Wow! But no Pulitzer.

  • nice one, Lou | November 17, 2013 12:58 AM


  • Lou | November 16, 2013 10:01 PM

    Oh shit, DAVID STRATTON thinks it's unconvincing? Well then, shut it down, everybody. No point in a movie now.

  • SJ | November 16, 2013 7:50 PM

    Your comment contains a PLOT SPOILER and should be revised or removed.

  • Alice | November 15, 2013 6:38 PMReply

    Oh yay! I am so excited to see her in more projects, she is really quite a talented young woman and she has been quite a delightful find for me in the last two years when I stumbled upon her again when I saw Cracks.

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