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Eva Green as Maria Callas, Speculating on New Bond, Movies as Dreamscape

by Sophia Savage
July 21, 2010 4:18 AM
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Welcome back to French actress Eva Green (Casino Royale, The Dreamers) who is now in negotiations to play Greek opera singer Maria Callas in a biopic from the Italian DeAngelis group and British producing partner Future Films, reports THR. Green also has Perfect Sense, a love story with Ewan McGregor, in post-production, and a remake of Neil Jordan's 1986 Mona Lisa with Mickey Rourke in development. Rourke plays the ex-con driver for Green's high-class escort in this thriller, adapted by director Larry Clark and David Reeves.

Meanwhile, the next Bond is stalled. While it is still set to star Daniel Craig, Esquire names the men who could (and couldn't) re-invent 007 once again. Could: Christian Bale, Jon Hamm, Guy Pearce, Sam Worthington. Couldn't: Clive Owen ("too cerebral"), Hugh Jackman ("too song-and-dance"), Gerard Butler ("too cheesy"), Jude Law ("too slight"), Shia LaBeouf ("too Shia LaBeouf"). Many of these guys were rejected on the last go-round.

Vulture's Amos Barshad asks "Why Are There No Movies About Regular Dreams"? Filmmakers seem to have much more interest in other people's dreams and nightmares; for Nightmare on Elm Street dreams are a plot device, for Vanilla Sky and What Dreams May Come dreams are seductive but ultimately dangerous, and for Inception dreams are a sophisticated and complex environment for a heist plot, like, say, Venice. So why, Barshad wonders, if films like Inception can be successful, why doesn't someone try to make a film out of 'regular' dreams?

The answer: they would be either too boring or disturbing. In Inception, the threat of being lost in Cobb's subconscious dreamworld for an eternity is just that - a threat. The beautiful thing about using dreams as a device in films is that, when done well, something so seemingly random can be specifically designed to illustrate a larger theme. But please keep your own dreams to yourself. Inception dreamboy Leonardo DiCaprio provides some inspiration in the latest Rolling Stone:

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  • jamais | July 21, 2010 10:04 AMReply

    Anne, first trailer for Helen Mirren's "The Debt" hit the web today. I'm curious what you think of it.

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