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Keira May Play Zelda...Who Will Be Her Fitzgerald?

Director Nick Cassavetes (The Notebook, Alpha Dog) is hoping Keira Knightley will play Zelda Sayre in a "period love story" titled The Beautiful and the Damned. The Hollywood Reporter has more info:

Damned revolves around Zelda Sayre (Knightley) and F. Scott Fitzgerald, who became Jazz Age icons known for living large, soaring high, and crashing hard. Although toasts of town in the 1920s, their courtship and marriage was festooned with jealousy and acrimony. Fitzgerald used their relationship as material for his novels, and Sayre — who tried hard to find an artistic identity of her own and ended up being admitted to a sanitarium — did the same.

Now for the question: Who should play F. Scott Fitzgerald to Keira's Zelda?


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Gossamer Gossamer 9 years
Toby Stephens
mingomom mingomom 9 years
Edward Norton- love it! (Maybe it's because I have a bit of an Edward Norton obsession.)
trixie_22 trixie_22 9 years
I love everything about the Fitzgerald's, i have read almost every book there is about them. But i really don't like the choice of Keira Knightley for Zelda, honestly she is not that good of an actress, so I don't get why she's the number one pic for all these damn period pieces. As for casting F. Scott i always pictured someone like Edward Norton, he would be amazing. Josh Lucas too and if they wanted to go younger i think Ryan Gosling would do a fantastic job. Not yet sure who should play Zelda i think they should go with an unknown or somebody that isn't such a huge celebrity. If they are going to make this movie, the script has to be amazing and casting has to be perfect or they could totally kill the story.
Phil Phil 9 years
Evil! I too though Zelda as in Legend of. The picture has her looking all elf-ish, wearing what could look like a black tunic if it were a bit blurry. It fit so well!
mingomom mingomom 9 years
Michael Varden. I just thought of him and he would make a fab-o Scott.
mingomom mingomom 9 years
Waiiiiiit a minute- Beautiful and Damned was one of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novels and, while it was based on their relationship, it was NOT an autobiography about Zelda and Scott. So is this movie supposed to be about Zelda and Scott or is a screenplay of the novel about Anthony Patch and Gloria Gilbert? If it's a screenplay of the novel, Matt Damon would be perfect for Anthony Patch. Every time I read the book I think of Matt Damon playing Anthony and Charlize Theron playing Gloria. If it's a movie about Zelda and Scott, then Christian Bale would be an excellent choice, although I question Kiera Knightly as Zelda. She was a beautiful, healthy woman until she went through her mental breakdown, at which time she became extremely thin and ravaged. A much better choice would be (and I know I am going to get flayed for this) Christina Applegate.
austerity austerity 9 years
Period movies are her 'forte' because you have close to none of her other movies to compare them against!
dansgirl dansgirl 9 years
Love Keira, but I actually think Amy Adams would make a great Zelda - she had such petite features, Amy looks more like her, and also is bubblier, too. If they could turn Adams into a convincing brunette I think she'd be great. DiCaprio would make a great Fitzgerald, not sure how his and Adams' chemistry would be, probably good though - they did Catch Me If You Can together (back when she was an unknown).
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 9 years
Oh I really want to see this, but I think Keira should try to branch out of period pieces too. She IS good in them, but she needs to explore more possibilities. redsilkshoes - I like the idea of Henry Ian Cusick! But would he be too old to play opposite Keira?
nettefairy nettefairy 9 years
My eyes got wide when I read Zelda Movie as well. Shigeru Miyamoto actually named the video game "Zelda" after Zelda Fitzgerald. Keira probably would be a good choice for either one. *sob - I so wanted a Legend of Zelda Movie :cry:
Savs Savs 9 years
robinesque: Yes, it can be done. Hugh Laurie does the Brit-American crossover the best, hands down, EVER in my opinion. Though Christian Bale does well at every new accent he tries. I love Keira, but the accent she had in The Jacket was terrible. Her pitch was just lowered a bit and she was trying too hard to talk out of the abck of her throat, instead of her usual, nasaly Brit-speak. That being said, I'd vote for Gerard Butler, but strictly for man-candy reasons. Maybe James Marsden if you're going for people who actually kind of look like Fitzgerald.
Allyace Allyace 9 years
Kiera just has a classic Hollywood look about her that really works for period pieces. So, if they suit her then I don't see any problem w/ her doing them. Johnny Depp would have been perfect for this role a couple of years ago. Perhaps Joquin Pheonix, but he might be too old against Kiera now too. Perhaps rejoining James McAvoy. :-*
robinesque robinesque 9 years
That's what ACTING is supposed to be. Just to point out: Hugh Laurie is British (HOUSE) Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) Minnie Driver (The Riches) Sophia Miles (Moonlight) oh, and Christian Bale played the all-American "BATMAN." (welsh) Anthony Hopkins (NUMEROUS roles like Hannibal Lechter, "Nixon", and in "Legends of the Fall" Jason Statham I saw no problem with these actors using american accents. Just sayin.'
Blue-Tigerlily Blue-Tigerlily 9 years
I totally agree with all of you. Another period piece. should we be surprised. What gets me, is she was great in contemporary movies like Bend it Like Beckham, and Love Actually. She needs to branch out. Winona Ryder was in a ton of period pics, but she also was in modern ones. Keira should take note.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 9 years
Ew, Keira Knightley annoys the heck out of me. All she ever really plays is the same slightly pinched and uptight girl in these period pieces. I'm just so sick of her, which sucks because F. Scott and Zelda were fascinating characters. Plus, I just really can't see her playing someone as high-flying as Zelda.
Karen0193 Karen0193 9 years
omg!!! if keira is in!! i'll watch it>!!!
gatsby-esque gatsby-esque 9 years
I LOVE anything to do with F. Scott Fitzgerald and his tumultuous relationship with his wife Zelda. I would be first in line to see this movie once it came out! I think Keira is a fantastic actress and would be able to pull off this role, notwithstanding the fact that she is British. (What does that really matter anyway, as long as the accent is accurate?. In terms of who would play Scott, that's a tough one, but at the moment, I would go with Stephen Campbell Moore (also British).
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
I'm saying she does not have an American way of speaking or behaving so she would be unconvincing.
redsilkshoes redsilkshoes 9 years
Boo, bad photo link. Here's a second try-
redsilkshoes redsilkshoes 9 years
Here's a photo of the REAL F Scott- Hmm...a cleaned up Henry Ian Cusick would do nicely-
robinesque robinesque 9 years
So, fleurfairy, can NOT American actors act BRITISH?
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
I do NOT agree with this casting choice. Zelda was the quintessential American good-time gal. Keira is not American and cannot act American. Enough!!
ohkate ohkate 9 years
I thought this was about the Zelda video game too q: got all excited
colormesticky colormesticky 9 years
:rotfl: I only came to this post because I saw "Zelda" in the title and got excited. Curses, wrong one!
robinesque robinesque 9 years
If it ain't broke, girls... She's extremely convincing in these period pieces that have help put her on the map. Ok, she was very good in "Bend it Like Beckham", but the period pieces seem to be her forte. I like her in them, but as fans, I could see how you'd want to see her do something fresh.
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