M.   /   February 09, 2009   /   23 Comments

— Thanks to Miss Green’s management for keeping us posted on the veracity or not of her projects: “Variety do jump the gun a bit sometimes! Eva hasn’t technically signed as yet, it’s nearly there and she has agreed to star in principal. It’s very close, due to start shooting next week!” They’ve also kindly sent me the “Womb” Press Release that you can read here. And let me confirm this once and for all, “Franklyn” comes out on Feb 27th in the UK. —

Eva Green has signed to star in the futuristic drama “Womb,” Hungarian helmer Benedek Fliegauf’s first English-language film.

Produced by Roman Paul and Gerhard Meixner of Berlin-based Razor Film (“Waltz With Bashir”) and Andras Muhi of Inforg Studio Budapest, pic tells the story of a grieving widow, played by Green, who decides to clone her late husband. Matt Smith (who has been tapped to replace David Tennant in the BBC’s “Dr. Who”) co-stars.

Cedomir Kolar and Marc Baschet of Paris-based ASAP Films, ZDF/ Arte and Arte Cinema are co-producing the film.

Fliegauf, who won a Golden Leopard in Locarno in 2007 for his experimental pic “Milky Way,” will begin production on the film in March on the North Sea coast.

“‘Womb’ is one of the most touching and impressive love stories we have read in recent times,” said Michael Weber, managing director of the Match Factory, which is handling international sales on the pic.

Source: Variety

23 Responses to “Eva Green to star in ‘Womb’”
  1. George Says:

    Wow ! So, it’s “Womb” the new project. It seems interesting, the kind of roles that Eva likes.
    If you check for Matt Smith at IMDb it’s the 9th in the list of “Matt Smith”. Not the most beautiful guy in the world… What do you think girls?

  2. Tango_down Says:

    I’m so glad thanks to this news (even if not confirmed yet), I must confess I worried a lot recently with all those castings which gave no result.

  3. Liz Says:

    George: Yeah… he’s not among my dream boys… but who knows… as long as he is a talented actor. that’s all right.
    What counts is the fact that (if the movie will truly be made) Eva will come to Germany to film it!!!
    Since ZDF and Arte are co-producing… it is likely to be released in Germany…
    These are wonderful prospects!!
    I know I should calm down and wait until it is officially confirmed but this was the most wonderful and surprising thing I have read today… so please, forgive my hysteria…
    But WOW!!!
    I still can’t believe that the nearest chance even exists that we will see Eva in Germany!!!
    I am incredibly excited!!
    Thank you, Mariana, for these news.
    (Love, Liz)

  4. Olga Iv Says:

    Yeah, may be he is not such a good-looking guy. But I find him very interesting in a way.
    Unfortunately I didn’t see his works but I still think they will make a very nice couple with Eva (on a screen).

  5. EvaAnne Says:

    I have to say, I’m quite warming to Matt Smith. I’ve seen him in things (most notably The Ruby and the Smoke – a Pullman connection, by the by..), and as an actor, he’s very good.

    The project sounds really interesting. Perhaps it can be as mysterious as “Birth”, with Kidman. I haven’t met many people who liked that film, but I thought it was great (and weird, but in a good way).

    The only concern I have (yet, I know the rumour’s not confirmed yet, but still) is that it might be too similiar a “futuristic drama” like Franklyn?
    But then again, Eva’s priority does seem to be diversity in roles, so I probably shouldn’t be worried…

  6. Monique Says:

    Oooohh…”Womb” sounds good, I’m liking the plot…I hope she does decide to do it…

    EvaAnne: you’re not alone…I liked Birth as well..They censored it a bit here because of that particular scene where the kid gets into the tub with Nicole Kidman…I thought it was one of her nicer films…

    Hmmm…Matt Smith seems interesting (although it’s true he’s not as good-looking as some of Eva’s costars, but I find his lopsided smile quite engaging in a way), and he’s not wildly popular (I haven’t even seen any of his films), which could turn out to be a good thing…

    Will be waiting for word on this…Thanks Mariana

  7. Courtney Says:

    Ooh, this sounds interesting! I have been “stalking” this site for nearly two years and I have finally decided to post. *glee*

    Concerning Eva’s future roles — I think it would be interesting if she portrayed Mary Magdalene in a Jesus biopic, or something. I’m sort of obsessed with the Magdalene/Jesus controversy, but I think it’s a role that she would be amazing in!

    But that’s just me. 🙂

  8. George Says:

    Matt Smith will be the next Dr. Who (famous long-standing) series. So I trust BBC criterion regarding the quality of the actor. In his message board in imdb there are humdred of messages after January 3rd 2009 when it was announced as the new Dr. Who. The guy is for sure interesting…
    Liz: The shooting in Germany is really good news and I think that the german magazines will devote space to Eva. Prepare for translations 🙂

    Last but nor least:

    Thank you Mariana
    for spreading Nirvana
    with the news for Womb
    that fall like a bomb

  9. sandrine Says:

    I know this will be another great role for Eva! She loves colorful and intriguing characters. Let’s hope this is confirmed !!!

  10. George Says:

    Welcome Courtney! Interesting role this of Magdalene and certainly fits Eva. I already recall her magnificent play as Sibylla…

  11. Tom Says:

    Guess I’m in the minority again, but barring any other info, this movie sounds like a straight to DVD cure for insomnia.

    Hopefully there’s a twist, something cool like her husband gets cloned and then possessed by an alien life form or the devil or something interesting. And she has to fight for her life or maybe he has the dual personality of Jack the Ripper! As much as I like Eva, I can’t get excited to see her in a dramatic love story. ICK! 🙂

  12. George Says:

    Tom: You are the 2nd Tom involved in a minority report (lol). This is also my concern (to avoid another ArseneLoupin-zation) but I think now Eva and her managent (not typo, a combination of “manager” and “agent”) know what they want and how to filter the offered roles. However, although Eva may think of blockbusters as “meat-machines”, the truth is that they make more people familiar with her talent (like me, after Casino Royal). I cross fingers for “Womb” becoming the Slumdog Millionaire of the next year

  13. Tango_down Says:

    George : To make an ArseneLoupin-zation you need a french director, that is the sine qua non condition (lol). A good one who really sucks. Anyway, I don’t need another DVD for my scarecrow !

    Is this story based on a book ?

  14. EvaAnne Says:

    Courtney: In that case, welcome to the postings! I don’t dislike your Mary Magdalen idea, although it might be a bit similar to the part of Sibylla…? Then again, I did enjoy The Nativity Story, so if it’s along the same lines….

    Monique: Well, you obviously have a good taste in films, then! 😉 You might also like Kidman’s “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus”. It has a different story of course, but it’s similiary weird. It’s by a director called Steven Shaiberg, who also directed Maggie Gyllenhaal’s “Secretary”…which incidently was also a VERY good film….!!

  15. Johnny Says:

    Finally a new role! Thank you Mariana for giving us such fresh news! I was getting really impatient as she wasn’t being cast in any movie (I know she’s really picky about roles, but it has passed a lot of time since she finished filming Cracks). However I was hoping that her next movie would be a blockbuster rather than another indie movie. I’m really anxious to see Franklyn and Cracks, but I’m afraid that they won’t be released everywhere (as for Cracks it has to premiere in Cannes, in order to gain some buzz), now with Womb that fear just got amplified… Besides, like George said, blockbusters appeal to more people, and that way her talent can be truly appreciated.

    Womb seems to be a bit too obscure to appeal to audiences (much more than Cracks or Franklyn)… My concern is that it won’t be released to theaters. Or even DVD (as Tom said). Even if it’s good (which I’m sure it will be, otherwise Eva wouldn’t sign for it) it’ll probably end up being screened at some festivals, get some praise and then be forgotten. I hope I’m wrong, but I’ve done some research about the director, budget, etc and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be released worldwide 🙁
    This fear, however, doesn’t stop me for being really excited about this new role!

    Courtney & George: I agree with you! Eva would be great in a role like that! And yes, this idea really brings back good memories of Sybilla (coincidence: today’ I’ve got some free time, so I’m watching Kingdom of Heaven :D, since it has passed a lot of time since my last view 😉 ).

    P.S.: sorry for this long post (again), but I had to share my thoughts concerning Womb.

  16. Tango_down Says:

    Johnny : If you keep going with long posts, you’re going to be banned. Comments with only 1 letter are allowed. And this letter must be a consonante !

    Seriously, your comments are always welcome, short, long, concerning Eva or not. We all care here about people’s hamster or red fish. And for my part I appreciate to take time to read someone who really wants to exchange and express his opinion.

  17. Courtney Says:

    If you read the press release that is available in the gallery, her role as Rebecca in “Womb” reminds me sort of Cate Blanchett’s role in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” It’s not too similiar, but enough to where I am very interested to see where this film is going!

    And hopefully, since filming starts very soon, we will get set pictures ASAP. 😀

  18. George Says:

    Thank you Mariana for the update.
    Courtney: You are right, it really seems very interesting and similar to Benjamin Button case. I wonder how the scenario will match up with Thomas growing up after cloning. Normally, it will take 20 years of patience for Rebecca until she can express her love to Thomas. It is interesting to watch the man that you will fall in love with from birth to maturity.

  19. George Says:

    By the way, Rebecca, Isabelle, Vesper, Sibylla, Emilia are all very inspiring names

  20. Liz Says:

    George: I am always in you service.
    Translations will be given if the German magazines are wise enough to please us with Eva news. Otherwise, I’ll write letters to the editors that will make them write something;)

    Johnny: Like Tango_down, I am very fond of your long posts… Please go on… interested and passionate people are always welcome.

    P.S. Do I have to excuse my long post?
    Oh, what might interest the two of you and also all the others, the strange price $4810 does have a very special meaning. Since this is MontBlanc there has to be a sense beyond it.
    I remembered this afternoon that the jewellery section contains a collection called “MONTBLANC 4810”.
    It is probably that they will also auction pieces from this collection and interesting is that it includes the rings which Eva advertises (have a look on the picture on which she stand in front of a mirror…).
    I think the chance that she will attend this event is quite high.

    Back to the topic, I really like your speculations about the new film. Me as well, I am excited what they will make of it. Hopefully, it won’t be the case that it makes its Festivals tour and then disappears. But I have a good feeling about it.
    And if they have the plan to do it this way, I’ll drive up to Berlin and protest in front of Razor Film’s offices!=)
    But the ZDF and Arte co-production makes it likely to be released in Germany and France and of course the UK since it’s an English film and Eva’s in it…

    I agree with you that a blockbuster wouldn’t do any harm to her career if the story and director are well chosen. But let’s wait until summer or autumn, I am sure there will still be movies that require to be only filmed with Eva as the lead!

  21. Monique Says:

    EvaAnne: I watched the beginning of Fur until my mom found out that I had been watching it a day before my exams (hmmm, kinda like what I’m doing now), and she banned me from watching it again and took my cd, now, I haven’t gotten around to watching it…
    You know, I enjoyed The Nativity Story too…I think it’s great…sadly, none of my friends have watched it yet…

    I’m sure it won’t be boring, not when Eva’s playing the lead role…She’ll find a way to make it intense…I’m not worried about that…
    I’m actually looking forward to seeing how she’ll handle her character falling in love with a little kid (in a not sick way)…It’s actually something I’ve seen her doing in my mind, long before the Womb news…I figured that with her love for attacking delicate issues (things the society might call taboo), she might do it…

  22. Alko Says:

    Dear Miss, Green.
    The simplicity in your face is very strong.
    I hope you have a similar force in your heart and sure you do.
    I wish and hope. whom ever designed you , will also lighten your way with any step forward into your life..
    I am persian and would want to send you some translations of poetry from some of our greatest poets ,if its ok with you ?

    Stay Well

    Alko

  23. m.m.reddy Says:

    miss green has again proved that that she is different from others . i see this role has similarity with her first role isabell from dreamers a young women torn between her love towards brother and a new man .which ever role she takes over there will never be a dry eye in house when she is sad this is hardly true for miss blanchett though she is a splendid actress.it is likes of miss green we still have quality movies .
    p.s. plz try to quit smoking it is really harmful to health