Holly Hunter Lands Roles in Both 'Still I Rise' and 'Romeo and Juliet'
Though the past few years she's been caught up in the television show "Saving Grace" (which got her a couple Emmy nominations) actress Holly Hunter has turned in some fine work in films like The Incredibles, O Brother Where Art Thou and especially Broadcast News. Now Deadline reports Hunter has just landed two films roles which will mark her first turn on the big screen since 2005's The Big White. The first will have Hunter joining Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenaal in Still I Rise, a project we heard about in a recent Casting Tidbits. The second will see Hunter starring in a new version of Romeo and Juliet alongside Hailee Steinfeld.
The first project comes from Daniel Barnz (Beastly) and tells the story of two mothers who channel frustration into action and join forces to transform a Pittsburgh inner-city public school. Hunter will play the head of the teacher's union. With the new Shakespeare adaptation, Italian director Carlo Carlei will direct another take on the classic tragic romance with Steinfeld playing Juliet. Though it's not clear what role Hunter will take, I'm willing to bet she'll play the matriarch of either the Capulet or the Montague family. Interestingly enough both actresses have worked with the Coen Brothers, so they should have something to talk about on set. Hunter has a unique presence and genuine talent onscreen, so I'm looking forward to seeing her in movies again. How about you?