The Movie Overdose’s newest, and essentially lone writer Chris Inman outlines his most anticipated movies of the coming year. Listen to Sam, Tom and John’s choices on Episode Number 48.
The Rum Diary
Why the buzz? : Johnny Depp has been a little disappointing of late, starring in major films where he seems to play a caricature of himself, so a return to a more intimate character-driven role will hopefully see a return to form. His performance in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas shows that he is able to ply his trade in supposed ‘unfilmable’ Hunter S Thompson adaptations. Giovanni Ribisi and Aaron Eckhart also star in this story of a freelance journalist writing for a paper in the Caribbean who develops a fixation for rum and a businessman’s fiancée.
Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart have signed on to star in an adaptation of Rabbit Hole, a play written by David Lindsay-Abaire, which will be directed by Hedwig and Shortbus helmer John Cameron Mitchell.
The play, according to Wikipedia, concerns:
“…a couple, Becca and Howie, trying to cope with the death of their only child, a four-year-old, in an auto accident, while Becca’s well-meaning mom and off-kilter sister attempt to lift their spirits (and deal with their own problems), each in her own inimitable way. The couple’s lives are further complicated when the young driver who killed their son contacts them seeking closure as well.”
Abaire won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama in recognition of the work, which starred Sex and the City’s Cynthia Nixon and Mad Men’s John Slattery.
It apparently induced a wave of tears during its run in New York and could well provide a way for Kidman to reassert herself in the A-list acting game following a period of quietness and missteps (Australia, anyone?). It could also right the minor wrong of Aaron Eckhart being eschewed from the supporting actor race this year.