A year ago, we were all atwitter about who could play Heathcliff in a new Wuthering Heights adaptation that was supposed to be headlined by Natalie Portman as Cathy. Well, things look a little different now, as British actress Gemma Arterton has replaced Portman as Cathy — and Gossip Girl's Ed Westwick has been cast as Heathcliff.
The Girl with the Pearl Earring's Olivia Hetreed is still behind the screenplay, which is said to steer away from "stuffy costume drama" and focus mostly on the Heathcliff/Cathy relationship. Peter Webber — who directed Pearl Earring — is now on board as the director.
Looking back at the comments on this news from last year, I'm a little surprised nobody suggested Westwick for Heathcliff — though at the time, most of the choices were skewing older. But some of the descriptions you offered — intense, "dirty-yet-sexy," emotionally strong — do seem like they could apply to the man behind Chuck Bass. Meanwhile, Arterton is a rising star in the UK who's played the title role in Tess of the D'Urbervilles and was Strawberry Fields in Quantum of Solace. What do you make of this casting? Happy they're going all-Brit for the remake after all? Ready to see Westwick smolder on the big screen?