Gwyneth Paltrow Joining the Cast of Soderbergh's Contagion
Just last week it was discovered that filmmaker Steven Soderbergh would be following up his female spy movie Knockout (which is currently shooting) with a deadly virus thriller called Contagion, set to star Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard and Jude Law. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Gwyneth Paltrow may be the latest to join the impressive cast. The script, written by Scott Z. Burns (The Informant!, The Bourne Ultimatum), as expected is about an attempt to contain a deadly viral outbreak. Contagion has a $60 million budget from Participant Media but is still waiting to be picked up by a distributor first. Read on!
I do like Paltrow, but only in the right roles (like Pepper Potts), and since we don't know anything else about Contagion and/or what role she'll be playing, it's a bit hard to comment on this news. Soderbergh is putting together a hell of a cast for this, which will be great to see, but I wish we knew more about what we're getting into. Is it going to be more like Outbreak or more like Blindness? Hopefully the former, because I enjoyed that movie, whereas Blindness was a waste of time. According to Deadline, Soderbergh is still looking for a few more financiers before he can get a greenlight, but I expect it'll be ready as soon as Knockout finishes.