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Off With Her Head!
Portman joins The Other Boleyn Girl

21 June 2006  |  Written by   |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Looks like Sony have found Anne Boleyn. Not the real one – having her star in a film would require a ritual zombie-raising ceremony, some smelling salts and a boatload of sticky tape because of that whole missing head issue.

Having nabbed the rights to Philippa Gregory’s historical novel The Other Boleyn Girl, the studio has signed Natalie Portman to play Anne, alongside Eric Bana, who has agreed to play King Henry VIII. Either he’ll be putting his Chopper weight back on or appearing in a fat suit, because otherwise this’ll be the best-looking Henry ever.

Justin Chadwick – who last directed segments of the BBC’s Bleak House – has been hired to helm the tale of the massively ambitious Boleyn sisters, Anne and Mary, who become rivals for the love of Henry. He’ll start work in late September in Europe.

Talking of Auntie Beeb, this isn’t the first time the story has been filmed. The BBC made a TV movie version with Natascha McElhone as Mary.  

And in other Portman news, she’s apparently also up for a role in the adaptation of Michael Chabon’s years-spanning, comics-referencing The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier & Clay. Writing on his blog, Chabon reports that while the film is nowhere near ready to shoot, the cast is being chosen and Portman has been offered a major role as Rosa.  We’ll have to wait until next month to see if she bites.

For the record, Kavalier and Clay was one of our Dear Santa requested films in Issue 199 of the magazine, so it looks like ol' Beardy's coming through for us. Now if he can just sort out Watchmen, we'll be laughing.


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natalie portman
it's good she's got the role, but she needs some rest as well. I think it would be better if we heard more about her charactor. I also think she should play samus in metroid prime. More

Posted by aussietrooper20 at 04:52 on 22 June 2006 | Report This Post

Great
I heard about this and it was said Keira would play Anne but I'm glad Natalies been chosen. She can act and her accent in for V for Vendetta was good not the best she will probably improve anyway. More

Posted by carmencat6 at 21:44 on 21 June 2006 | Report This Post

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This is a travesty of casting. If Portman cannot pull off an English accent with Gwyneth Platrow's accent coach for V for Vendetta, she won't be able to do it here. Aside from that, there's the bigger matter of her not being able to act and coasting through all her career on a virginial ingenue aura (brown haired actress; must be intelligent, makes me liking her more tasteful) that seems to come along every ten years and entrance  film reviewers and fanboys despite the obvious lack of tale More

Posted by Fionnuala4000 at 19:39 on 21 June 2006 | Report This Post

Natalie Portman is a talented actress. But what interests me is Eric Bana as Henry VIII. The real King is a fascinating figure, cruel and yet admirable. I smell another winning performance. More

Posted by doctorolorinbats1975 at 15:58 on 21 June 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Elizabethan accent
I wonder to what extent that is actually true. And even if it is, should that really be the deciding factor for BBC Films, who are supposedly committed to making "strong British films" and "finding and developing new talent"? Working Title is a purely commercial enterprise so it's a bit easier to forgive them for making "The Golden Age" very Australian. But the BBC? More

Posted by Mock Tudor at 12:34 on 21 June 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Elizabethan accent
Because it won't sell as well? More

Posted by Izzardesque2 at 12:06 on 21 June 2006 | Report This Post

RE: Elizabethan accent
A bit odd that a film about British history, set in Britain and financed by the BBC will apparently not star any British actors. It's not as if there aren't many capable ones to choose from. More

Posted by Mock Tudor at 11:23 on 21 June 2006 | Report This Post

Elizabethan accent
e they picked an americian actress with a the worst British accent ever? if you want to be historically accurate the Elizabethan accent was a lot closer to an American accent (especially that heard in the Appalachians) than to the modern "plumby" english accent as attempted by Ms Portman in V for Vendetta More

Posted by griet at 10:53 on 21 June 2006 | Report This Post

Why have they picked an americian actress with a the worst British accent ever?? Don't we have enough English actresses?? Her accent was terrible in V For Vendetta... More

Posted by Nathan at 10:02 on 21 June 2006 | Report This Post

The Other Boleyn Girl
Should be very interesting. I wonder who they'll cast as Mary, Anne's not as ambitious sister. Hopefully it will also deal with the political games played by the Boleyn family, who were ardent Protestants, and the way they got much power at court after Henry wed Anne. Bana as Henry is interesting casting. I think he was around 30ish when he married Anne so he wasn't as porky as he was in later life but he was still a big guy. More

Posted by Timon at 09:33 on 21 June 2006 | Report This Post

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