Quick, what do Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, Scarlett Johansson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Angelina Jolie, Ben Affleck, James Franco, Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett have in common? They’re all stinking rich, you’re right, but that’s not what I meant.
Instead, what I was getting at is all those (and plenty of others) are actors turned or on their way to turn into directors. Temporarily in most cases, although James Franco is this close to becoming more famous as an auteur than an actor… just kidding.
So which of them did you not know was planning to try their hand at directing? Cate Blanchett? Well, that’s because the news only surfaced a few hours ago. And believe it or not, I’m actually not dreading seeing her behind-the-camera work.
After all, she’s an immensely talented thespian, with an Oscar and four other nominations under her belt, plus a guaranteed sixth nom and likely second win for one of Woody Allen’s best movies… ever, “Blue Jasmine”. Did you see that thing? Blanchett was all over the place (in a good way) and pulled the deeply troubled, middle-aged fading socialite part splendidly.
I mean, damn, if she can bring at least a fraction of that magic to “The Dinner”, her Herman Koch novel-based feature directorial debut, she’s got Franco on the ropes, Jolie on her knees and Affleck begging for forgiveness.
Oh, and did I mention the script is to be penned by Oren Moverman, the Oscar-nominated scribe of “The Messenger”? It’s like you can already hear the Oscar buzz.