Thursday, August 27, 2009

New Film Adaptation of Greene's BRIGHTON ROCK in the Works

There is apparently a new film adaptation of Graham Greene's gangster novel Brighton Rock in the works. According to this BBC article, the setting will be transposed from late-1930s Brighton to 1964, and British actor Sam Riley is set to play teenage hoodlum Pinkie Brown, while Helen Mirren will portray the story's boozy-but-good-hearted heroine, Ida Arnold.

I'm really looking forward to seeing this, though I must say, based on the book's descriptions of Ida (and her character), I always pictured her to be a vivacious, full-figured woman in early middle-age - say, 40-something. Not "fat", mind you, but curvaceous in the way that popular culture permits no one in the movies (except, perhaps, for Salma Hayek) to get away with these days. Nothing whatsoever against Mirren (and I've no doubt she'll do the role, and the story, justice), but she's a good 20-odd years older than that. Perhaps Kate Winslet would make a good Ida in another 10 or 15 years.

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