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Ed Westwick to Play Heathcliff and Gemma Arterton to Play Cathy in Remake of Wuthering Heights

Ed Westwick and Gemma Arterton are Cathy and Heathcliff

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?


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farhdyna farhdyna 7 years
Don't know 'bout Ed.. but the Girl does Can Act, U Go girl! * can't wait
chancleta chancleta 8 years
OMG I'm reading the novel for the first time now and can NOT WAIT to see Ed play Heathcliff. While I'm not completely familiar with his work: he definitely has the right look!
curvylibrarygal curvylibrarygal 8 years
oh YUCK. he is NO heathcliff. i think that is a terrible casting.
clara91 clara91 8 years
I never really got the love for Ed Westick but I have to say he looks great in that picture!
MrsJamesTKirk MrsJamesTKirk 8 years
I don't like Ed Westwick much. He's kind of...feminine looking. I really like Gemma Arterton, though. I thought she was the best thing in Quantum of Solace. I still think that Heath Ledger would have been the perfect Heathcliff. T_T
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Ed Westwick is perfect!!! Now I might actually watch this movie since I hated the book so much
luna08 luna08 8 years
Ed Westwick will be an amazing Heathcliff! I can so see this.
shiningeyes shiningeyes 8 years
Perfect casting job for Heathcliff!
Mariana48 Mariana48 8 years
oh no! i like ed as chuck but thats it, besides isn't heathcliff supposed to be much older than like 22? uhm... i dont expect much from this movie
leele leele 8 years
Ed is perfect,but won't be better than Ralph in my oppinion.About Catty i think Natalie is perfect!!!I really DON"T like this girl Gemma..........
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
Okay - I made up the think about him being Scottish apparently. I have no idea where I got that, but I looked it up and he's English. Sorry! :)
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 8 years
Fleur - I saw the PBS version too and it was FAB! I'll be interested to see how this goes because there are already a lot of good versions out there - namely this new one. Tom Hardy was a fantastic Heathcliff. I saw Gemma in Tess of the D'Urbervilles too though and she was captivating. (Side note: if anyone hasn't seen that - do it. It left me feeling melancholy for days, but it was an excellent story.) I think Ed could do it, he's good at playing evil. I agree with the others who said he's a bit small though. And I know he's from the UK, but I didn't think he was British. Isn't he Scottish or something?? I'll be watching it either way. It sounds too good to miss!
magda_ooo magda_ooo 8 years
great cast
jessy777 jessy777 8 years
I like the all English cast and I am not familiar with these 2 actors work. I do not watch Gossip Girl. It should be interesting to see how it works out and without prior knowledge I might be pleasantly surprise. This is my favorite book so I love watching adaptations of it and seeing how they look next to my images.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
See this one: It's a beautiful adaptation.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 8 years
Really? Wow, I would have never predicted this. But I can sort of picture it. There was just a new Wuthering Heights on PBS in January with Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley. Amazing. Rent it. You won't be able to get it out of your mind.
acyl acyl 8 years
Agree Kiki tee--EW is too feminine and little to play Heathcliff! YUK!
redchick152 redchick152 8 years
at least there won't be any fake english accents!! i love me some Ed Westwick, but i don't know....i see too much chuck bass when i look at him.
Kkkkkkkkkkk Kkkkkkkkkkk 8 years
Oh dear :( BIG Chuck Bass fan, BIG Wuthering Heights fan... but I'm not sure about this at all. Heathcliff needs to have a strong physical presence, I've read the book several times and I always saw him as tall and rugged. Lavender slacks aside I've never gotten that from Ed Westwick. I've also seen several of the screen adaptations and none of them have ever worked for me. Why are they doing it again?
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