James Woods directs An American Girl
The superb James Woods has only directed one film to date in his career, he's been much happier in front of the camera delivering some blistering performances. Now he's set to direct his second film, An American Girl, starring Kristen Stewart in a very real role that looks set to destroy her Twilight image.
Woods has been talking about the film and about the plot, and it sounds like a superb story, let's hope he's as good a director as he is an actor because if he is this will be an excellent film.
You could look through James Woods career and pick any number of roles to point out what a great and varied actor he is, and they'd be different for everyone who did it. I know the films I'd pick would have a couple of oddities in there, and that's a great tribute to the man and his career.
So I think it's great news that he's going to be heading behind the camera, and the plot sounds really interesting, although just as interesting are the stories behind the big names becoming involved in the project.
James Woods himself received the script from Tim Metcalfe and Sean McCarthy and read it when he was driving across country in terrible storm and had stopped overnight somewhere to wait it out, and with the script sitting there, he took a read. It was that read that made him decide that very night to buy the script and direct the film.
The casting of Kirsten Stewart, according to Woods through Coming Soon, was something that happened before she found fame in Twilight, and he told her that he wouldn't make the film without her and that since reading the script she's been desperate to make the film.
”It's about a young woman who is really destructive. It's that magical time right after you're out of high school. She was the top swimmer and dive champion in school. Now it's a year later and she lives in a little town in Indiana and the place is dying, she's working in a grocery store and drinking and drugging too much and she's showing off in front of this guy who likes her, and gets involved in a big sex thing with two guys drunk one night at a quarry. She gets taped doing it on somebody's phone and in a small town, her reputation is ruined and on a drunken whim, she joins the Marines, which is ridiculous.
The ironic thing is that along the way she starts learning these values she doesn't expect. They're just values like you take your brother, they take care of you. It's not like she's a gung-ho Marine.
She starts to sober up and then she gets into the Linus Program because she's smart where they teach these women to speak Arabic. When they're in combat situations, women in the Muslim world were not comfortable talking to men soldiers but they'd talk to the women soldiers so these women learned to speak the language and would ask if there were arms or snipers in the house.
A tragedy happens and when she comes back to the town where she was a disaster, she rebuilds her life and finds through this tragedy a greater value in herself. It's 'Coming Home,' 'Best Years of our Lives,' it's part of that trilogy. It's a phenomenal story and a slam-dunk Oscar for her.”
Slam-dunk Oscar for her? That's really talking up the film and her acting something rotten isn't it? Of course the great thing for Stewart is that it will totally blow away the image she's created in the Twilight series and give her career a darker side really early on, something I think would be really good for her, then if James Woods is right about her performance in the role, this could really make her. Then there's the fact that Woods is directing. Definitely a film to watch out for.