Amanda Seyfried to Play 'The Girl Who Conned The Ivy League'

March 18, 2010
Source: Production Weekly

Amanda Seyfried

I'm one of those film fanatics who is interested in a film simply because it's title. I've haven't heard of The Girl Who Conned The Ivy League before today, but it already sounds like a project I'm going to be very excited about. Production Weekly on Twitter (via SlashFilm) is reporting that director McG (Terminator Salvation) and the lovely Amanda Seyfried (Jennifer's Body) are attached to a feature version of The Girl Who Conned The Ivy League. The project is based on the Rolling Stone article of the same name that was adapted into a feature by screenwriter Lorene Scafaria, of only Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist previously.

The story, which sounds similar to Catch Me If You Can, is about a girl named Esther Reed who steals the identity of a girl named Brooke Henson in order to apply to Columbia University (under false pretenses as well). Apparently the real Henson was a "missing person" and detectives on that case eventually tracked down Reed, but she vanished before they could catch her. Whoa! As a big fan of Catch Me If You Can, I'm already captivated by this story, and I'd love to see Seyfried deliver a strong performance in this project. However, I would've preferred a bit of a better director than McG, although I don't think he'll screw it up or anything (this isn't as heavy of a franchise as Terminator). He might actually do a pretty good job with it.

Hopefully all of this news is accurate, since we're never too sure with Production Weekly, and hopefully it also heads into production sooner than later. Seyfried has lots of other projects in the works, including The Girl with the Red Riding Hood, following appearances in this year's Dear John, Letters to Juliet, and also a recurring role on HBO's "Big Love." This is one McG project that I am quite excited about, for now at least.

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