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Hmmm. I am unsure whether to be excited or appalled by this news:

Miramax Picks Up Hathaway's Jane

Miramax Films has picked up North American rights to Becoming Jane, in which Anne Hathaway stars as British novelist Jane Austen, reports Variety. The film is directed by Julian Jarrold, who directed Miramax's U.K. import Kinky Boots. James McAvoy, Maggie Smith and Julie Walters also star.

The film centers on a love affair Austen began as a 20-year-old -- with brilliant, roguish Irishman Tom Lefroy -- that inspired her career as one of the world's great romantic writers. The movie also looks at how the writer's relationship with Lefroy helped create the male characters in "Pride & Prejudice."

As they said over on AustenBlog, "There are so many things wrong with that sentence that we are quite in despair."

I'd be more appalled by the casting of Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen if I hadn't seen her in Brokeback Mountain and been shocked to discover that she's actually quite good. And hey, if Keira Knightly can pull off (a rather modified, but lovely, version of) Elizabeth Bennett, maybe the chick from The Princess Diaries will make a perfectly good Jane Austen.

Otherwise, the casting seems pretty good. Certainly Maggie Smith is always a plus. And after trying desperately to quell my disturbing attraction to McAvoy's goat-man in Narnia it'll be nice to enjoy him in a role where he's got human legs.


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Mar. 3rd, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
Umm . . .this is a bit disturbing to me.
Mar. 3rd, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)

You're right about the Anne Hathaway thing. Brokeback Mountain is keeping me from being completely aghast. And the other casting is good. Not sure about the actual story, but I guess we'll see.
Mar. 3rd, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
Anne Hathaway rocks my socks. I really enjoyed her bit in Nicholas Nicklby (and in BBM).

Still, not sure she works for me as Jane Austen. At all. Am worried and a little bit disturbed to hear of this movie.

Totally agree with you re: goatman.
Mar. 3rd, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
I just can't get over seeing Princess Mia's rack in Brokeback Mountain. World still spinning, head still exploding.
Mar. 3rd, 2006 11:11 pm (UTC)
Ooh. Troubling.

Check out "Rory O'Shea Was Here," a sweet little tear-jerker of an Irish movie about two young disabled men who fight to get the government to let them live on their own, and then you can be attracted to James McAvoy both with goat legs and with non-functional legs. In for a penny, in for a pound.
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