After Zack Snyder is done with Watchmen his next project is going to be a $100 million action/fantasy called Sucker Punch. It seems that the Warner Bros.-produced 1960s set film will have an all female cast, with several actresses already in talks to appear in the film.
Amanda Seyfried (Jennifer's Body, Mama Mia) is in talks to play the lead character of Baby Doll, with Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical), Abbie Cornish (Stop-Loss), Evan Rachel Wood (The Wrestler, Across The Universe), and Emma Stone (Superbad) also being looked at for suppporting roles.
The plot synopsis for the film is pretty out there:
Sucker Punch tells the story of a girl named Baby Doll who is confined to a mental institution by her evil stepfather, who intends to have her lobotomized in five days. While imprisoned, she imagines an alternative reality to hide her from the pain. In this fantasy world, where she needs to steal five objects to help her out before she is deflowered by a vile man.
Wow, that's not exactly the type of film that comes to mind when the term "all female cast" gets thrown around. However I must say it sounds like a very cool idea, certainly a unique one anyway. And much like my beloved The Descent, the all female cast is sure to make it stand out amongst other movies.
As Snyder says himself - "I already did the all-male cast with 300, so I'm doing the opposite end of the spectrum."
Well, apart from the Queen, Zack, but we get what you're saying...
What surprises about this flick is the pretty hefty $100 million dollar budget it has. I mean it's not like 300 or Watchmen where Snyder has a much loved original source material to work off of. This is a script written originally by him, so the only reason I can think WB would risk that money is because of the success of 300.
However I wonder if that budget will stay has high as it is if Watchmen fails to do as well as the studio is hoping...
Sucker Punch, which is to be produced by Snyder and his wife Deborah, is set to start principal photography late this year and an October 8th 2010 release date has been already been announced by WB.
Sources: /Film and Entertainment Weekly