Out of the four leading ladies featured on HBO and creator/star Lena Dunham’s cult hit TV series, Girls, Allison Williams (who portrays Marnie on the show) is the only one who has yet to appear in a feature-length movie. That will soon change, now that Williams – the daughter of NBC Nightly news anchor Brian Williams – is on the verge of signing on for a retelling of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, titled Rosaline.
What’s undoubtedly more interesting to our fellow comic book readers out there, is the news that Williams has been shortlisted for the Fantastic Four movie reboot. The superhero flick is developing from 20th Century Fox, which has a 2015 release date in mind and Josh Trank (Chronicle) guiding the whole thing as director.
Rosaline is based on the book “Wish You Were Mine” by Rebecca Serle, which is a modernized retelling of Romeo and Juliet told from the perspective of Romeo’s (in this version, Rob’s) would-be lover, Rosaline. The movie is slated to be directed by Michael Sucsy (The Vow), based on an adapted screenplay that’s being written by Scott Neustader and Michael H. Weber ((500) Days of Summer). Deadline is reporting that Williams has entered talks to play the title role and, by the sound of it, is all but officially onboard at this point.
Fantastic Four has received screenwriting contributions from Ashley Miller (X-Men: First Class), lesser-known Jeremy Slater, Zack Stentz (Thor) and Trank himself; then, earlier this year, Seth Grahame-Smith (Dark Shadows) was brought aboard to provide a revised script, drawing from previous drafts. However, when all is said and done, it’s possible that not all of these people will receive actual credit for their work on the project (c’est la vie).
According to Deadline, Fantastic Four is in a “very early talking stage” of casting; hence, it’s possible some up-and-coming actress other than Williams could end up securing the movie’s female lead role of Susan “Sue” Storm (a.k.a. the Invisible Woman). Nonetheless, it’s encouraging to learn that the F4 filmmakers – which includes X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn as a producer – have shortlisted an actress with some dramatic chops for the role (sorry, Jessica Alba).
Williams does a good job bringing humanity to the Marnie character and makes the token Type-A member of the Girls brigade feel like a fully-realized person; not to mention, that role is proof that Williams can handle the motherly side of Sue Storm in Fantastic Four. Trank’s franchise reboot will be important in the next generation of superhero movies released by Fox (under the supervision of Mark Millar), and casting someone like Williams would be a move in the right direction.
Fantastic Four opens in U.S. theaters on March 6th, 2015.