Emily Blunt is Replacing Emma Watson for 'Your Voice in My Head'
When Harry Potter director David Yates left the director's chair of the film adaptation of Emma Forrest's memoir Your Voice in My Head, we weren't sure whether the movie would stay alive or be banished to development hell. It appears the project is still a go, as Digital Spy just conducted an interview with Stanley Tucci (one of the future stars of the film) and according to the actor, the project has just switched leading ladies from Potter star Emma Watson to Tucci's The Devil Wears Prada co-star Emily Blunt. She'll play a troubled young woman who purposefully hurts herself, visits a wise psychiatrist, and learns to live again.
Here's the official synopsis of the book, via Amazon:
Emma Forrest, a British journalist, was just twenty-two and living the fast life in New York City when she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. In a cycle of loneliness, damaging relationships, and destructive behavior, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding, and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist—a man whose wisdom and humanity would wrench her from the dangerous tide after she tried to end her life. She was on the brink of drowning, but she was still working, still exploring, still writing, and she had also fallen deeply in love. One day, when Emma called to make an appointment with her psychiatrist, she found no one there. He had died, shockingly, at the age of fifty-three, leaving behind a young family. Reeling from the premature death of a man who had become her anchor after she turned up on his doorstep, she was adrift. And when her all-consuming romantic relationship also fell apart, Emma was forced to cling to the page for survival and regain her footing on her own terms.
Even though Blunt is eight years older than Watson, I don't see the age difference being much of a problem in this role. Hollywood has a rich history of actors and actresses playing much younger characters than their real ages, and this shouldn't be any different. I'm excited to see Blunt continue to stretch her acting talents after her great work in last year's Looper, and it's cool that she's reuniting with Tucci (who is also her brother-in-law) on Your Voice in My Head. Tucci says that they're hoping to start filming in late spring this year, but we're not sure who's taken over as director. Regardless, this sounds like a solid drama that might have some awards potential, so we'll definitely be keeping our eyes peeled for more soon. Thoughts?