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Beyoncé and Longoria in Lesbian tale?

TippingtheVelvet.jpgTipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters is a book about lesbians in the 1800's...well that's the very basic and perhaps male viewpoint of it, and it seems that it may become a film starring Eva Longoria and Beyoncé Knowles in the female leads - yes that makes them lesbians with sex scenes together - and directed by Sofia Coppola.

Waters has written several books about forbidden love between women in Victorian times, and has seen Velvet and another book Fingersmith, both made into films.

It's all up in the air at the moment, but both stars have commented on their being approached for the roles. Longoria said:

Yes it's true, we're talking about doing that. It's such a wonderful novel, a beautiful love story.

...and Knowles is also reported as saying:

We've had Brokeback Mountain so the time is right for this divine novel to get the same treatment.

I'd love to think that these quotes from Hollywood.com through Cinematical are true, and that the rumour that Coppola has been tipped to direct this tale are true, it would certainly make it a dream cast. Then something struck me.

The story is set in 1800's Victorian London, and that period seem integral to the make up of the tale, after all the forbidden love wouldn't be so forbidden and yet so outright in any other time, and both actresses would look somewhat out of place in these characters places in that time period don't you think? Perhaps Coppola is looking to do something new, modernise the tale or deliberately miscast them in the roles, I don't know. However it both strikes me as a bit odd on the casting front as well as a bit too much of a male sexual fantasy.

I certainly can see Coppola directing however, what do you think? Fantasy or possible?





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Pure fantasy, Richard. I am not familiar with Coppola's work, and I don't know what her strenghs are, but if she should take it upon herself to deviate the propriety of the time and era, it could hurt her career.
By all means, Coppola should tackle this project, because it is interesting, but she needs to use her head. People and Hollywood are slow to forget an error. I wish her luck.

I think she already did it just a little with Marie Antoinette and suffered some backlash. I think ultimately it will do well, but she's already had a taster of this and that's part of the reason why I think she wouldn't go so far from the basic story.

I have enjoyed 2 of Coppola's work in Lost in Translation and The Virgin Suicides, I stayed away from Marie Antoinette but will definitely see it when it's released on DVD. I am not so sure if I will be interested to see a film like this even for aesthetic purposes.

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