Though this was pegged as news about James McAvoy by the Hollywood Reporter, it will always be Keira Knightley's name that catches my eye. I just can't help it.
Either way, this is great news all around. McAvoy, aka Mr. Tumnus with those crazy legs in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," has signed up to co-star with Knightley in an adaptation of Ian McEwan's "Atonement." Even better, director Joe Wright is back in charge. None of this even comes close to sucking.
I admit I haven't read many McEwan novels, and don't read as much of anything besides newspapers and magazines as I should, but I have read "Atonement," and it is great.
Scot McAvoy will play Robbie Turner, accused of raping a 16-year-old in 1930's Britain. Knightley will play one of the alleged victim's sisters, Briony, who makes the accusation, or Cecilia, as an adult. If I'm getting any of these details wrong, forgive me .. it's been a while since I read the book.
The best thing about all this is what Wright brought out of Knightley in his directing debut, "Pride & Prejudice," one of my five favorite movies of 2005. Under his guidance, the adorable girl from "Bend it Like Beckham" became an actress who should have won an Academy Award. Can't wait to see what they do next.
In even better news, to me at least, my Orioles remain in first place for at least one more day. After a rocky start by Rodrigo Lopez, the bullpen held and the O's got homers from Luis Matos, Melvin Mora, Miguel Tejada and Jeff Conine to beat the Devil Rays 9-6. And now we have a day off, for some reason. But the Lady Terrapins will wipe the floor with Duke tonight to win the national championship, so it's all good.
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
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