Kate Mara & Amber Tamblyn Join Danny Boyle's 127 Hours
by Alex Billington
February 11, 2010
Two gorgeous actresses have been cast in Danny Boyle's new film that's about a mountain climber pinned beneath a boulder? Wait, that doesn't make sense. We'll explain later. THR has announced that Kate Mara (last seen in Shooter and the Sundance hit HTYMP) is the latest actress to join the cast of Danny Boyle's 127 Hours starring James Franco as mountain climber Aron Ralston who had to amputate his own arm after being trapped for five days in Utah. We also mentioned a few days ago that Amber Tamblyn had been cast in this as well. But how do these two actresses fit into what's supposed to be a one-man show (like Buried)?
THR says that "Mara and Tamblyn play hikers he meets before his ordeal." But in Deadline's article about Tamblyn, they say she "will play his girlfriend, with their relationship played out in flashbacks that keep him going." Who is right? Or is Tamblyn playing a girl on a hike and his girlfriend? I don't know enough about the real story to say one way or another, but this is some big name (and beautiful) casting for two roles that may not have much screentime. We've heard that 127 Hours might have something like 60 minutes without dialogue, which is why Boyle needs actresses like this to spice up the cast. Shooting starts in early March.