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My Sister's Keeper Gets Fanninged — Twice

My Sister's Keeper Gets Fanninged — Twice

Well, for all of you who were none too pleased by the casting choice of Cameron Diaz in the film adaptation of My Sister's Keeper, this news may not help: Elle and Dakota Fanning have been cast to play the two sisters in the film.

Elle Fanning will play Anna, the girl who sues her parents for medical emancipation, while Dakota will take on the role of Anna's sick older sister Kate. Cameron Diaz is playing their mother. According to Variety, "The girls are younger than they were in [Jodi] Picoult's novel, but a decision was made to cast them younger because it was age-appropriate for Diaz."

Oh, Nick Cassavetes. What are you doing?!

Fans of the book, what do you think of this news?

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FrstPrsonShootr FrstPrsonShootr 9 years
Wait a frakking minute, so getting raped is not as bad as getting shaved? I thorougly applauded Dakota for doing the rape scene, girls in this country are getting abused every day, ninety percent by family members. But now she can't get a baldie? What a whimp! Amy Poehlers' "Dakota Fanning Show" hits the nail on it's Dakota-tragic head when Abigail Breslin asks: "I was 10. How old were YOU when you got your first Oscar nomination?" Dakota might go the Tom Cruise way: one, maybe two nominations, loads and loads of cash (and when was being super duper rich a character builder?) 'power', but never the ultimate prize, the Oscar... This is gonna sting a bit, especially if every year a girl around her age gets nominated, or worse: her sister.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
How could Cameron Diaz possibly be their mother? She's alright for action and animated movies where you don't really need much talent, but I don't think she would be able to play the mother. Although I have not read the book, I know what it is about and to play a mother in such a conflicted situation would require a very strong actress. I thought of Reese Witherspoon, but even though I love Reese, she probably wouldn't be able to truly grasp the mother's emotions. Also, good about the Fanning sisters. Dakota's last film dealt with really serious subject matter and while it shows her desire to be a "real" actress and that is admirable, she needs to be a kid sometimes. If she doesn't want to cut her hair, then ok. She's just a kid. If she wants to be mature sometimes, it doesn't mean that she has to or wants to be mature all the time. I think Abigail Breslin would do just lovely in this movie. I think they should bring in an unknown to play the older sister, sometimes unknowns really have the fire and passion that other child stars lost long ago. Or Saiorse Ronan, she was amazing in Atonement, and she would be a bit closer to the age she's supposed to be in the movie.
fhbaybe8 fhbaybe8 9 years
okay so i think I'm the only one that is going to see this..the cast doesn't look that bad. sure the fanning girls are young but they are good. In the book Anna wasn't "old" enough to sue her parents either. At the age of thirteen you wouldn't really be able to make a completely rational decision anyway. I think that people should look past their ages and see how they act in the movie. Although you can not walk in and think it will be as good or better than the book, because that never happens. It might not be as horrible as you think it will be...
weeazz weeazz 9 years
its just ridiculous how can someone elles age possibly have the maturity to make the decisions and thoughts of anna in the book, if they carry on with this casting although the acters are great they will ruin the book/story for everyone
Mel475 Mel475 9 years
So I read everybody's reviews and raves about this book so I had to go out and get it and I am glad I did! I just finished it and I loved it! I cried and laughed and cried some more. This is a beautiful book and I'm glad that you're covering it otherwise I might have missed it. Now, I like Cameron Diaz and I don't have anything against her acting but I just don't see her in this role. I agree that Jennifer Connelly, Julianne Moore, Diane Lane or Robin Wright Penn would be better. Maybe even Julia Roberts? But I just don't know that Cameron can pull off this role believably. We'll see... I also don't agree with the casting of the Fanning sister solely because I believe the ages of the sisters (13 and 16 in the book) is important. These two girls, regardless of their talents, are not realistic nor true to the story and will cause problems for the audience. Any rumors on who will play the dad, the guardian or the attorney? That should be interesting. I fear this movie is not only not living up to the book but it's going to ruin it's message. What a's a beautiful story...
megnmac megnmac 9 years
OK. So Cam Diaz is 35. It isn't like she looks 25. She could just play the part as is intended, and could easily have older kids. Toni Colette is the SAME AGE, and played a woman with a teenaged son in Little Miss Sunshine. Elle Fanning at 8 or 9 cannot play the part realistically, and even if she could act the part, it isn't believable that young and it isn't like the Fannings look older than they are and could pull that off. This is just sad - there are so few parts for women in their 40s in Hollywood, and they eliminate even one meant for one! I know a lot of ppl disagree with this proposition, but it just seems apparent that there is just a noticeable dropoff in roles available to older women that are anything more than a prop (mother of, wife of, etc). Why go with Cameron Diaz (who I agree is only good crazy and hasn't shown layers or complexity) when there are SO MANY amazing working acresses our there? I agree on the greatness of Felicity Huffman, or Jennifer Connely, and off the top of my head can add Toni Collette, Marcia Gay Harden, Robin Wright Penn, Diane Lane, Julianna Margulies, Julia Ormond... These women are still gorgeous, amazing and strong and deserve to get the parts that would naturally go in their direction... also, they'd never do this with a man!!
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 9 years
Dakota is SO annoying.
darlene darlene 9 years
yeah I don't think this movies going to be good
buttercupjey buttercupjey 9 years
I read the wrenched my heart, my mind was split...I realised there is no such thing as black and white fairness...I loved and hated the book all at once...this is a deep, DEEP story, and I agree with the rest who say that the crucial part of the story is Anna...and the mother. Dakota Fanning is a good actress (IMHO) but to adjust the ages of the daughters in the movie to suit the young Diaz is just plain stupid.
lala788 lala788 9 years
i read and love the book , i don't like the cast of the movie already so... i don't know if I'll go and see it.
t-and-co t-and-co 9 years
All I have to say is Boo! I agree that Elle's age totally screws up the story line. There's no one a 9 year old would sue her parents. It doesn't work. Mom2, I love all of her books, my my favorites where..."Mercy" and "Vanashing Acts" try those if you haven't. Also her newest one, "19 Minutes" is great. They're all great.
creepupmytee creepupmytee 9 years
no one likes them? OMG. it's gonna be a complete disaster then.
emmebeth emmebeth 9 years
NO NO NO NO NO!!! Cameron Diaz: She could NEVER pull off that part Elle and Dakota: A lot of the story revolves around the fact that the girls are older! They better change the casting, because this is ridiculous.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
nothing against cameron diaz or the fanning sisters, but wouldn't it just make more sense to re-cast the mother to someone who is more age appropriate and fitting with the storyline. i agree with the others. how are they going to make this believable with such young characters? boy, i had high hopes about it when i first heard it, but now, i guess i'll just have to netflix it. boo.
Anenimenie Anenimenie 9 years
I agree with most here. It seems a bit silly to change the main characters age to 'very young', just so you can cast Cameron Diaz. I'm curious how the director and screenwriters are gonna pull of a believable story with two nine year olds, rather than two teenagers. World of difference.
Jess8902 Jess8902 9 years
Jennifer Connelly would rock that role.
mrspiven mrspiven 9 years
what a terrible, terrible, terrible decision maker who is casting this film. they should be shunned from hollywood and never allowed to cast again. casting cameran diaz is mistake number one, and probably the biggest mistake because she is the most irritating actress on the planet. mistake two, casting the too-young fanning sisters (is anyone else sicked by the obvious 'convenience' that they are already sisters? what a cop-out) to convenience diaz?? this has to be a sick joke.
mom2 mom2 9 years
dont put the book down! it's the greatest - for those of you who loved this book - can you recommend any other by picoult? i read the pact and loved that too - but people give mixed reviews to some of the others???
mom2 mom2 9 years
felicity hoffman a great idea!
Giorgioiscute Giorgioiscute 9 years
You have to read the book all the way through to really understand why it is such a favorite of so many people. Keep reading!!! It's worth it.
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