Naomi Watts Joins Ron Howard's Angels and Demons
England-born and Australia-raised Naomi Watts has joined Ron Howard's adaptation of Angels & Demons. The film, based off of Dan Brown's bestselling novel of the same name, is officially a prequel to The Da Vinci Code, although Hollywood is creating it as a sequel to that movie from 2006. Watts will likely star as Vittoria Vetra, the adopted daughter of CERN scientist Leonardo Vetra, who meets Robert Langdon (played by Tom Hanks) and tags along with him in his adventure. An official statement stating that she'll play Vetra hasn't been made yet, but it's likely the case.
Angels & Demons is one of the films that is being directly affected by the Writers Strike. Just a few days ago we ran an article about the film being delayed because the script, written by Akiva Goldsman, still needs polishing. However, what I imagine Sony and the production companies behind Angels & Demons are doing is getting everything together and moving along anyway. According to our article, the film's opening was moved to May 15th, 2009. That date change gives them plenty of time to get the script fixed and production underway in Rome. They can easily start scouting locations, securing actors, and even building sets despite the script not being perfectly polished.
Watt's character, Vittoria Vetra, is described in the book as the following.
"Lithe and graceful, she was tall with chestnut skin and long black hair that swirled in the backwind of the rotors. Her face was unmistakably Italian - not overly beautiful, but possessing full, earthy features that even at twenty yards seemed to exude a raw sensuality. As the air currents buffeted her body, her clothes clung, accentuating her slender torso and small breasts."
I'd say Naomi is pretty sensual and pretty earthy, no? Just looking at a photo of her (the gorgeous one above), it seems like she's the perfect fit for Vittoria, as long as her hair is darker. I'm looking forward to Angels & Demons more and more as all of this production gets underway, especially after just reading it a couple of months ago.