Jennifer Garner Lands New Thriller & Coming-of-Age Drama
Starting with the hit TV series "Alias" from J.J. Abrams, actress Jennifer Garner has gone back and forth between action and romantic comedy. From the Daredevil misfire (and the far worse Elektra spin-off) to 13 Going on 30 and from The Kingdom to Juno (in the same year), she's seamlessly moved back and forth between the two genres. Now she's taking on two more projects, each drastically different from one another. The first will see her taking on a motherly role in a coming-of-age comedy from writer Peter Hedges while the second will have her take a dark turn in a dramatic thriller alongside Jeremy Renner. Details below!
First, Vulture reports The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a new project from Hedges (writer/director of Dan in Real Life) which focuses on a child-prodigy musician and his parents. Described as a modern-day fable, the film would see Jennifer Garner as the mother of the musically talented child while an offer is out to Mark Wahlberg to play the father (apparently Joaquin Phoenix is one of the back-ups if he turns down the role). However, the title role of Green will be taken by an unknown child actor for which a nationwide search will be conducted. Funnily enough, the story comes from Ahmet Zappa who is not only producing the film but is also the son of the late musician Frank Zappa.
Meanwhile, THR reports Garner is also in talks to join Better Living Through Chemistry, a dramatic thriller that will also star Jeremy Renner. The story follows a small-town pharmacist (Renner) who is stuck in a loveless marriage and rediscovers himself through an affair with a trophy wife (Garner) who introduces him to the pleasures of prescription drugs. However, things get a little out of hand when the affair becomes extremely intimate and the two cheaters hatch a plan to kill the woman's husband. The film will mark the directorial debut of Geoff Moore and David Posamentier who also wrote the screenplay (which, as far as I can tell, will be their first produced script).
At the time it's not clear which of these projects Garner will shoot after she completes production on the Arthur remake starring Russell Brand. Both projects sounds like they could be interesting in their own ways, and if we can keep Garner in interesting films like this and out of terrible romantic comedies like The Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, then I think we'll all be better off. What do you guys think?