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Wuthering Heights to Be Adapted for the Screen Yet Again

Emily Bronte's Gothic tale of love and class division, Wuthering Heights will find itself adapted for screen yet again. This time the director is John Maybury, though the cast won't be decided until the Fall.

Variety explains that this "tempestuous love story about obsessive passion across the class divide, set on the Yorkshire Moors" has been adapted for film and TV "more than a dozen times, most famously in 1939 with Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon. A 1992 version starred Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche."

In my perfect world, I'd have Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice) adapt Wuthering Heights. Can you imagine how beautiful it would be? Sigh. Anyway, who do you think should play the English lovers, Catherine and Heathcliff?

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curvylibrarygal curvylibrarygal 8 years
Richard Armitage is my favorite pick for Heathcliff. (in case you aren't familiar with him, he's in the BBC America 'Robin Hood' and the BBC film 'North and South') He's dark, brooding, and completely Heathcliff. Cathy is harder. I kind of like the idea of Romola Garai. She'd pull it off.
CheleBelle CheleBelle 8 years
Actually like JANE EYRE to WUTHERING HEIGHTS...that said I have always had a special place in my heart for Timothy Dalton's Mr. Rochester however, Toby Stephens did a great job in the most recent update from late 2006. Joaquin Phoenix definitely can play the tortured look...but brooding...I guess I just have images from KING ARTHUR of Ioan Gruffudd in my mind...he brooded throughout the whole thing...and he looked beyond sexy in the falling snow. Perfect for a spot of moors running.
rivrchild rivrchild 8 years
Ioan Gruffudd, I've always liked him. I would cast Joaquin Phoenix as Heathcliff. He has always been my Heathcliff AND by Mr. Rochester if they ever did another veresion of Jane Eyre (I've never been completely satisfied with any of the versions I've seen, though Samantha Morton was my favorite Jane). For Catherine ... Emily Blunt is great. But I really love Kelly McDonald lately. I think she'd be good too. I agree with everyone else - I couldn't take Keira in another empire-waist or corseted period piece.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
ooooooh I love Jim Sturgess, he would be Great!
CheleBelle CheleBelle 8 years
No blonds!! That said I'd prefer Ioan Gruffudd as Heathcliff AND maybe Keira...but only if she eats a few krispy kremes.
leadie leadie 8 years
I think Clive Owen as Heathcliff....
pequeña pequeña 8 years
I like Keira, but she should try something different than period movies. Rosamund Pike would be a good choice, or maybe a newcomer. About Heathcliff... I don't really know, maybe Jim Sturgess. I loved him in Across the Universe. But please no James McAvoy.
macneil macneil 8 years
I know she's too old now, but I think Jennifer Connolly has the perfect look for Cathy, with her beautiful black hair and astonishing green eyes - and because she's freckled, she has that wild, outdoorsy look too. And is a great actress. And while I'm about it, her husband would make an amazing Edgar, too - he's a very subtle and clever actor. Not sure about Heathcliff, I don't really like the character at all! Passion, blah blah, he's still a wife beater.
littlemissme littlemissme 8 years
Oh! I like the idea of Emily and Ewan in the film! Great choice Whip :)
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
Johny Depp sounds great, but who'd play his younger Heathcliff? I like Christian Bale as well. He pulls off brooding, dark, tortured man very well :p I dunno about Ewan McGregor, he's boyish (yes, he's SO ADORABLE--LOVE HIM) and James McAvoy is equally boyish in my mind. I still don't know who I'd like as Catherine (please, any other than Keira...). Emily Blunt seems adorable. Maybe the poster who says that choose two unknowns are right. Surprise us. Please! I hope it'll be an awesome adaptation though. I know how hard it'll be to put it to movie screen..but we'll see...
beingtazim beingtazim 8 years
yes, anyone but keira knightly!i also didn't watch pride and prejudice because of her. i like the idea of johnny depp as heathcliff. no idea about catherine. how about kate winslet? i love her, especially in period pieces.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I don't know who would make good leads for the movie, but I love the book.
divinedebris divinedebris 8 years
This is one of my favorite books ever and I don't want to see any movie adaptations of it. No Kiera, I didn't watch Pride and Prejudice because of her, another of my favorite books. Freefromgrace, Christian Bale would be an amazing Heathcliff, and if he was in it...maybe I'd watch it.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
NNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jessamae22 Jessamae22 8 years
favorite book ever...Johnny Depp as Heathcliff, without a doubt.....he has that dark, "gypsy" look to him. Dark, brooding, intense, and sexy.....he is the only person who I can envision as the character.
sabrinabarekzai sabrinabarekzai 8 years
I think James McAvoy would make a great Heathcliff. Or unknowns like fleurfairy said.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Enough Keira. Two unknowns as the leads would be best.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
I can see Emily Blunt as Catherine, and maybe Ewan McGregor as Heathcliff?
swwonder swwonder 8 years
I love Romola Garai too. I'd also love to see Rosamund Pike or Anne Marie Duff in another period piece. In my opinion the leading male always has to be very handsome, otherwise what's the point of a period piece. p
freegracefrom freegracefrom 8 years
Yeah, Keira, I guess. She's pretty much standard issue for period pieces. Heathcliff? Hm, Christian Bale does moody and broody pretty well... I'm pretty satisfied with the dozens of movie adaptions we already have of 'Wuthering Heights' though. I don't think I'll be going out of my way to see this one - regardless of who stars.
em1282 em1282 8 years
I really like Romola Garai--she has pretty amazing range. As for Heathcliff...hmmm...Ralph Fiennes did such a good job, I can't think of anyone else at the moment...McAvoy is too boyish in the face to pull it off...hmm...
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
No Not Keira Please. Heathcliff is a tragic figure in literature so you need someone who could play passion and anger and regret. You have to have someone who can play both the young, and older heathcliff. Physically he is a hard worker, and handsome. Catherine is a bit spoiled, beautiful, free spirited. She loves heathcliff but considers him beneath her.She goes mad and later is a ghost so they need someone who can dissolve into that madness and than play haunted.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
OHMYGOD! I LOVE this novel. I love Heathcliff and Catherine's 'soap opera-ish' romance. Oh I can't see anyone playing them perfectly though. I need to think up of brooding British actor now and I can't think of any yet. As for Catherine, I kind of hope Keira won't sign up for it, although I can't think of anyone else to play Catherine. Sienna Miller, perhaps? Someone 'fresh' will be great.
laneylaney laneylaney 8 years
Eva Green?
laneylaney laneylaney 8 years
Keira needs to do something different, as talented as she is. And please don't let it be Scarlett either!
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