Variety reports that Cate Blanchett is set to star as Lady Edwina Mountbatten in Joe Wright’s Indian Summer. The film will follow the critical events during India’s Independence from England. Lord Mountbatten (with Edwina in tow) is sent to oversee the transfer of power to India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in the summer of 1947. The script will be penned by William Nickolson (Elisabeth the Golden Age, Gulp!) Universal will distribute as filming begins early next year, with a release date that is likely to coincide with the 2010 awards season.
Natalie Portman looks like Hollywood’s hardest working star with seven upcoming productions between now and 2011. Later this year she will be in Don Roos’ comedy Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, Mira Nair’s segment in the star studded anthology New York, I Love You, and Jim Sheridan’s Oscar pony Brothers. For 2010 there is the drama Hesher opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt with the possibilities of David Gordon Green’s 2nd stab at stoner comedy Your Highness (opposite Zooey Deschanel, James Franco, and Danny McBride) and Darren Aronofsky’s bizarre ballerina film Black Swan (most sources say the film is a go). And in 2011 there is Kenneth Branagh’s Thor in what could be the thankless role of Jane Foster.
Variety reports that Working Title Production Company is in the developing stages of developing a third film for the Bridget Jones series with Renee Zellweger set to return in the title role. Nothing has been announced about the story but speculation says it will be adapted from the 2005 columns that author Helen Fielding wrote for the British newspaper the Independent. They involve Bridget, now in her 40s attempting to have a baby before it’s too late. No writers or directors have been attached as of yet. This seem like a anxious move for Zellweger who, after her 2004 Oscar win, has had only had one real hit (2005’s Cinderellaman).
Blunt (like Portman) just seems to really be racking up the roles these days. Now she is in talks to star in the Philip k. Dick adaptation The Adjustment Bureau with first time helmer (and Bourne Ultimatum screenwriter) George Nolfi. The story involves a congressman (Damon) and a ballerina (Blunt) who are both in love but for unknown reasons they are kept constantly apart by outside forces. And Damon’s character will embark on a bizarre “Kafkaesque” trail to get to the bottom of this. Adaptations of Philip K. Dick’s work have always been patchy. There’s the good (Minority Report, A Scanner Darkly, Blade Runner), the bad (Total Recall) and the ugly (Paycheck, Next). Let’s keep our fingers crossed with this one.