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Renee Zellweger, Viggo Mortensen Headline Western

The news:
Renee Zellweger and Viggo Mortensen will star in Appaloosa, a Western based on a Robert B. Parker novel. Ed Harris will direct and also star.

Here's the story:
According to Variety, the film centers on "a pair of friends hired to protect a lawless town suffering at the hands of a renegade rancher. The arrival of an attractive widow disrupts their plans." I'm guessing Zellweger is the attractive widow.

What I like:
I have a soft spot for Ed Harris, and I'm glad to see him back behind the camera; the other feature he directed, Pollock, was a pretty impressive film that won Marcia Gay Harden an Oscar. Harris and Mortensen also shared the screen well in A History of Violence.

What I'm not sure of:
I actually loved Zellweger's Oscar-winning performance as the scrappy Ruby in Cold Mountain; it was probably my favorite thing about that movie, as well as one of my favorite Zellweger roles ever. I just hope she doesn't just turn the dial back to "spunky Westerner" and give the same performance again this time.


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renée-rox renée-rox 9 years
I LOVE RENÉE ZELLWEGER!!!!!!!!!!! the only reason iw ill watch the film is cause of her lol
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
I don't care for Westerns, modern or otherwise. What's the saying? "Women love horses but hate Westerns."
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
wasn't viggo in hidalgo? i couldn't make it through the movie. too boring, but i can see him in a role like this - rennee as well. i agree with you about her role in cold mountain.
kristya kristya 9 years
I should elaborate on that, sorry. What I mean is that she's a serious actress and one of the best in Hollywood (IMO) the character seems very different than Ruby so I don't think she will at all! Besides I believe Viggo has been in Westerns before but I'm not worried about that either. I'm actually really excited about this film.
kristya kristya 9 years
I don't think she will. If you had read the book you probably would not either...
figurine figurine 9 years
It doesn't sound too exciting, but whoo, Viggo.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
I love Ed Harris and Pollock was forgotten to quickly, I think. I'm excited to see him direct again.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
When I read this, I immediately thought of her performance in Cold Mountain and hoped that she doesn't rely on "Ruby" for this role.
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