Emily Browning Replaces Mia Wasikowska in 'Sleeping Beauty'
This definitely isn't Disney's Sleeping Beauty. The film is a new project from first-time filmmaker Julia Leigh, an Australian novelist making her feature debut. She originally cast up-and-comer Mia Wasikowska as the lead, but The Playlist is reporting that Emily Browning (of The Uninvited previously as well as Zack Snyder's upcoming SuckerPunch) has replaced her in the role. The film is described as "a haunting erotic fairy tale about a student who drifts into prostitution and finds her niche as a woman who sleeps, drugged, in a 'Sleeping Beauty chamber' while men do to her what she can‘t remember the next morning." Uh, whoa.
We don't know too much more about Sleeping Beauty, besides that the script was on the 2008 Black List. The concept sounds a little too wild to be a mainstream feature (kind of like The Babysitters) and it's being produced in Australia with a budget of $10 million anyway. Emily Browning is already guaranteed to break out big after SuckerPunch hits, but if that doesn't put her on the map, a risque role like this will certainly get her recognized, as long as she does a good job. I guess we'll find out eventually. I'm curious, but won't know if this is any good until it eventually pops up at a film festival. Anyone already a big fan of Browning?