Is Emmy Rossum Interested in Neil Gaiman's Death?
She's fallen in love with the Phantom, braved the ultimate blizzard, and fought Piccolo, so what possibly could be next for Emmy Rossum? The absolutely gorgeous 22-year-old actress, who I am secretly in love with, spoke to MTV recently while promoting Dragonball Evolution and admitted she's really a big geek. "The mangas that I read are the Neil Gaiman stuff, like 'Black Orchid'… Okay, maybe I am a geek." I think I might faint! When asked further about Gaiman's work, Rossum revealed that they're trying to adapt both "Black Orchid" and "Death", two of his graphic novels which just so happen to be about female characters.
When pressed to see if she's gotten in touch with Neil Gaiman (like via Twitter: twitter.com/neilhimself), Rossum only replied with "no comment." I hate running unconfirmed early rumors like this, but they claim the "cat-and-mouse" game of responses she played with the reporter was a sure sign that something may be brewing. She wouldn't confirm anything, but did add, "I love Neil Gaiman. I think he's a genius. Let's leave it at that." You and me both, Ms. Rossum! And if we look at the progression of her illustrious career so far, I think it goes without saying that she would certainly be a good fit for either of these roles, if they happen.
Gaiman's "Black Orchid" graphic novel, first published in 1988, is about a superheroine with powers like super-strength and invulnerability who is a master of disguise. Her calling card is literally a black orchid, which is where her name comes from. Gaiman's "Death" miniseries is a spin-off from Sandman, featuring the Sandman's elder sister, Death of the Endless, in a story based around the fable that Death takes human form once a century, to remain grounded and in touch with humanity. New Line has been developing an adaptation of that series since 2007. For many reasons, I really do hope Emmy gets this role in the end.