Lots of casting news today… Deadline is reporting that Screen Gems has partnered with Spyglass and will co-finance and distribute yet another sob-story that simply *must* be sponsored by Kleenex.
Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum are lined up to star in The Vow, a film “based on a true story of a newly married couple whose car is rear-ended by a truck. She loses all recent memory-including that she’s married–and they struggle together to gain it back.” Want to talk about emotional films?!
Anyway, Michael Sucsy is set to direct and principle photography begins in September.
I know Tatum got his start in 2006 with She’s the Man and Step Up and that neither film was really directed towards the 20-something guy. He’s been in a couple of guy-films like Fighting and Public Enemies, but I really can’t say I feel one way or the other about this pretty boy. Most recently was Dear John – yet another film designed to make young girls and grown women cry. Judging by it’s box office tally ($112M on a $25M budget) it worked! I know romantic dramas have their place, but I still haven’t recovered from My Sister’s Keeper!
McAdams on the other hand has never really matched her success from The Notebook. Roles in films like Red Eye and Married Life have been less than inspiring. She was solid in Wedding Crashers, but that film was completely dependent and centered on Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. I had actually forgotten McAdams was in it.
The same holds true for her part in Sherlock Holmes. That movie was made great by Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. McAdams simply filled a spot.
I’m not saying she doesn’t have talent. The Notebook was incredibly powerful and emotionally charged and I thought she did a great job. It’s just that she hasn’t shown me much since then. Will a return to the heart-wrenching help her return to form?