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It's 'About Time' For Rachel McAdams & Richard Curtis; Actress Lines Up Anton Corbijn's 'A Most Wanted Man'

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 10, 2012 11:04 PM
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It looks like Rachel McAdams is going to continue the one-for-them-one-for-me approach. The actress has been oscillating between more indie minded/less commercial fare (relatively speaking) like "The Lucky Ones," "Midnight In Paris" (who would've predicted it would have been a smash hit?) and "State Of Play" and bigger/schlockier stuff like "Sherlock Holmes" and this year's "The Vow." But it seems the actress is getting a bit more risky and frisky. She's currently lensing "Passion" with Brian De Palma and the provocative first image was unveiled recently, and it looks like the rest of her year will be dominated by a rom-com and a thriller.

First up, McAdams replaces the previously attached Zooey Deschanel in "About Time," the latest from "Love Actually" writer/director Richard Curtis, that tells the story of a man who can time-travel who ends up meeting the girl of the dreams. McAdams will lead the pic so-starring with Domhall Gleeson, with Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie, Lydia Wilson and Vanessa Kirby rounding out the cast. Filming kicks off in June and considering McAdams is recently riding high off the romantic "The Vow," expectations will likely be up there for this one.

Once she's done falling in love, she'll switch gears in September for Anton Corbijn's long developing John Le Carré adaptation "A Most Wanted Man." In the works for a couple of years now, the story follows a half-Chechen, half-Russian man who illegally immigrates to Hamburg and spins a web of intrigue that manages to involve a young British banker and a female lawyer. Philip Seymour Hoffman came aboard in February in a supporting role with Corbijn long saying that Herbert Grönemeyer ("Das Boot") would take the lead. Granted, having a lesser known/unknown actor in the feature role would make the pic harder to finance, but adding McAdams would certainly add some star power along with Hoffman and we're guessing she'll play the lawyer. Should it all work out, the pic will shoot in September.

So a pretty nice slate ahead for McAdams, which also includes the still unreleased untitled romance or whatever it is directed by Terrence Malick. We've lamented that some of McAdams' recent projects haven't matched her skill, but it looks like the tide is shifting. [THR]

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  • David Coplin | June 7, 2012 11:41 PMReply

    If Richard Curtis is really interested in doing something about poverty, I suggest he read

  • learntowrite | May 11, 2012 9:16 AMReply

    how many times can you fit "looks like" into the first paragraph of an article? looks like 3. does anyone proofread these?

  • a | May 10, 2012 11:50 PMReply

    The Tracking Board called this a while ago. They're getting good.

  • a | May 10, 2012 11:52 PM

    The Corbijn story, I mean.

  • All | May 10, 2012 11:29 PMReply

    I think she's really underrated as an actress. Glad to see her working more lately.

  • Amir Syarif Siregar | May 10, 2012 11:18 PMReply

    Quite a strange picture.

  • Theo | May 10, 2012 11:11 PMReply

    Thanks for that picture

  • a | May 14, 2012 12:50 AM

    +1 pic

  • len | May 10, 2012 11:07 PMReply


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