Stalked: Depp, Knightley, Diaz, van Houten
Johnny Depp is Hunter S. Thompson in The Rum Diary, Keira Knightley is playing a British Duchess bathed in controversy (but not Princess Diana), Cameron Diaz will play a mother sued by her daughter for creating her merely as a donor, and Carice van Houten joins the excellent cast of Vivaldi.
Johnny Depp is to play Hunter S. Thompson again in the adaptation of The Rum Diary. He is producing with Bruce Robinson writing and directing the film, Robinson also wrote and directed Whithnail & I, How to Get Ahead in Advertising and Jennifer Eight. According to Variety the story sees a freelance journalist writing for a rundown newspaper in Puerto Rico in the 1950's with those around him lost and intent on self-destruction.
Keira Knightley is set to play the Georgiana, the Duchess of Devonshire, an eighteenth century aristocrat who was an ancestor of Princess Diana. According to Variety her life was extravagant and promiscuous, she was tangled in political and romantic intrigue, and was both loved and hated, particularly by the press. Things don't change do they? The film is adapted from Amanda Foreman's biographical novel of the woman.
Cameron Diaz is to star in Nick Cassavetes My Sister's Keeper, an adaptation of the Jodi Picoult novel by Jeremy Leven. The story sees Diaz playing a former defence attorney who has to defend herself and her husband when they are sued by their thirteen year old daughter for emancipation. Apparently the parents conceived her in order to create a genetic match to prolong the life of their other daughter who was suffering from cancer. The story comes from Variety.
It sounds a harrowing tale and won't present the character for Diaz in a favourable light. I hope that the balance is weighed well in the film and it isn't so clear cut as the blurb suggests.