Anne Hathaway stirred some local resistance to the idea of her playing a working class Northern Brit--but even diehard Bridget Jones Diary fans came around to American Renee Zellweger playing their zaftig heroine. Hathaway co-stars with Jim Sturgess (here's my The Way Back flip cam interview) in this Focus Features release (July 8) adapted by David Nicholls from his bestseller about a London couple who meet as students in the 80s and stay in touch for 20 years. Scherfig told The Guardian:
"It's definitely a warmer interpretation of Emma because Emma is more provincial and shy and sometimes overcompensating. Anne is a very warm actress. She has the warmth of Elizabeth Taylor or Judy Garland … I love Emma as she is in the book, obviously, but I also love Anne Hathaway's version of her."
[Hat Tip: Cinema Blend. ]