They'd surely all be better choices for the role of Lady Macbeth in the new Justin Kurzel/Michael Fassbender adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth than Natalie Portman. Natalie Portman. Really. I like Natalie Portman so I probably shouldn't be as perturbed by her casting here than I am, but I just find it a bit disappointing. So many actresses - many of them notoriously "tricky" or "cold" - that would have worked far better as the famed Lady. I mean, can you imagine someone like Anne Heche or Winona Ryder getting a meaty role to really dig into after all of this time? Or the perhaps more obviously choices above, like Kidman or Chastain who have played cold so very well in the past. As I said yesterday, doesn't it feel like Kidman has been auditioning for the part for a decade? In fact, several of the actors above have acted in roles that were disguised (barely even that if you consider Linney in Mystic River) variations on the part in other movies.
Look, I'm not going write Natalie off just yet, but it's a little bit disappointing is all. I'd still be eager to see what Kurzel and Fassbender do with the property even if they'd cast somebody entirely inappropriate like, say, Emma Watson. Now, can you imagine that? Admittedly, Portman will have more of a chance for success if the adaptation is set in the present day; period fare has seen her flounder more than once. Nevertheless, this continues to be a curious project to follow.