After years of participating in mediocre romantic comedies, the once exciting Reese Witherspoon will finally star in a potentially interesting indie drama, the Tim Burton-produced biopic Big Eyes. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Witherspoon along with Ryan Reynolds are now attached to play Margaret and Walter Keane, whose pop-eyed paintings became a pop culture sensation back in the 1960s.
The thing is Walter claimed credit and became famous for the paintings but it was the shy Margaret who really was making them in the basement of their house. Margaret eventually decided to fight for herself, leading to a divorce and a much publicized court battle to prove authorship of the paintings. The judge asked the both of them to start painting and the truth was out when he refused, blaming a shoulder injury, while she created the familiar big-eyed paintings she is known for.
The indie drama will be in good hands as it will be directed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (The People Vs. Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon). In a statement, they seemed ecstatic about the casting news: “Walter is a larger-than-life antihero — charming, funny, dangerous, and a little crazy. Ryan will knock it out of the park. As for Reese, she will be perfect as Margaret — soulful, decent, transforming from vulnerability to learning to fight for herself.”
I used to be a big fan of Witherspoon but sadly, she really hasn’t challenged herself since her Oscar win for Walk the Line. This could be a nice step for her as the character is the polar opposite of the super bubbly career woman she has played so many times over the years. The actress will appear next in This Means War alongside Tom Hardy and Chris Pine. Reynolds will next be seen in Safe House alongside Denzel Washington. Filming is scheduled to start this spring.
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