Carey Mulligan Cast in Fairy Tale Film This Beautiful Fantastic
I hope that by March 8th, Carey Mulligan has an Oscar on her mantle, because she certainly deserves to have one. As we wait to find out her destiny, though, Mulligan has been busy being cast in other projects, as the industry has already seen her in An Education and knows how great she is. She was cast in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps already as the lead female love interest opposite Shia LaBeouf and has just joined another project today. ScreenDaily reports that Mulligan has been cast in This Beautiful Fantastic, a fairy tale-like drama being directed by Terry Loane (Mickybo & Me) from a script written by Simon Aboud.
This Beautiful Fantastic is described as a "modern fairy tale in the vein of Amelie and Finding Neverland." Perfect - two of my favorite fairy tale films. The cast also includes Tom Wilkinson (Duplicity), Christopher Eccleston (G.I. Joe), Mackenzie Crook (Pirates of the Caribbean) and Joanna Lumley (Corpse Bride). The story focuses on frustrated children's author Bella Brown, who only leaves her obsessively ordered flat for work at the library. Chronically shy, she has no friends, no family and no life until she falls in with Billy, a hopelessly messy inventor who whirls through the library's carefully balanced world like a crazy tornado.
Shooting is scheduled to start in March next year on location in Edinburgh, Scotland and at the studios in Cologne, Germany. This Beautiful Fantastic recently appeared on The Brit List, an annual compilation of the best unproduced screenplays in the UK. Sounds like a charming little film with a wonderful lead that we will keep our eye on as it develops. And in the meantime, I'll be rooting for Mulligan at the Oscars next year.
I remember her from her Dr. Who episode - she was brilliant. People were absolutely begging for her to be the new companion. Sadly we got Catherine Tate instead, and thus the series was ruined - but Carey's performance as Sally Sparrow is still one of the high points of New Who. To be able to carry an episode of a show usually devoted to a completely different character, without the audience having even seen your character beforehand? You can only do that if you're talented.
Christy A on Oct 31, 2009
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