Robert Rodriguez began shooting Sin City: A Dame to Kill For a few months ago, despite several important roles being unoccupied at the time. The heavy amount of post-production required on a Sin City movie (filling in green screens, stylized B&W lighting) allows for more freedom in terms of how scenes are put together.
Hence it is possible that supporting cast members like Ray Liotta and Juno Temple – who completed their roles a while ago – will end up appearing onscreen with the leads who are just now starting to work on the project. That includes the newly announced Eva Green, who’s handling the pivotal character of Ava Lord (a.k.a. the eponymous Dame to Kill For).
Frank Miller’s A Dame to Kill For graphic novel serves as the narrative backbone for Rodriguez’ sequel. The script from Miller and William Monahan (The Departed) also incorporates the short story “Just Another Saturday Night” – featuring Mickey Rourke back as Marv – and a pair of original threads: one about a gambler named Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and the other about Nancy (Jessica Alba) on the run after the events of “That Yellow Bastard” (the Bruce Willis segment in the first movie).
The “A Dame to Kill For” section of the Sin City followup shines a light on Dwight’s sordid history, showing us what happened after he agreed to help his old flame Ava (and how the events literally changed him forever). It’s for that reason that Josh Brolin is assuming the role from Clive Owen; not to mention, why the Ava Lord character is described in the official press release as follows:
Ava, the iconic character from Miller’s graphic novel of the same name, is described by Miller as “every man’s most glorious dreams come true, she’s also every man’s darkest nightmares.”
Rodriguez and Miller said, “We’ve been wanting to tell this story for a very long time. Ava Lord is one of the most deadly and fascinating residents of Sin City. From the start, we knew that the actor would need to be able to embody the multifaceted characteristics of this femme fatale and we found that in Eva Green. We are ecstatic that Eva is joining us.”
Green broke out with her revealing debut in Bernardo Bertolucci’s risque period drama The Dreamers. It wasn’t long thereafter that Hollywood took notice, putting her to good use in films like Kingdom of Heaven, Casino Royale and Dark Shadows – despite an unevenness in the overall quality of those titles – before she appeared as the crafty, scene-stealing, Morgan on Starz’ short-lived Camelot.
Suffice it to say, Green’s a terrific fit for the Ava Lord character. She’s also playing the femme fatale in another sequel arriving this year – based on a Miller graphic novel – as scheming Artemisia in 300: Rise of an Empire. For our money, both amount to smart casting moves.
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For open in theaters on October 4th, 2013.
Source: Dimension Films