With seven years passing since Todd Field‘s last film, 2006’s “Little Children,” fans of the director have had to be patient in waiting for his next movie. Taking a Stanley Kubrick-like stretch between pictures (the late filmmaker was a mentor to Field, who had a small role in “Eyes Wide Shut“), five years spanned between his debut feature “In The Bedroom” and his aforementioned sophomore film. But it looks like things are finally happening for “Beautiful Ruins,” as the project now has a lead actress.
The rising Imogen Poots (“Fright Night,” “Jane Eyre“) has bagged the lead role in the adaptation of Jess Walter‘s bestselling novel. Field adapted the screenplay that is set in the spring of 1962 off of the Ligurian Sea. It centers on three young characters whose orbit around one another is set in motion by an incident during the shooting of “Cleopatra” and continues on for decades. The story soaks up the glamorous setting of Rome, which was in the height of “La Dolce Vita” fame and considered one of the top jet-setting locales of its day.
This is a nice feather in an already impressive cap for Poots, who has films with Terrence Malick (“Knight Of Cups“) and Peter Bogdanovich (“Squirrel To The Nuts“) on the way, with the rom-com “That Awkward Moment” and tentpole “Need For Speed” already slated for a 2014 release. And oh yeah, she’s also the Vanities girl in the December issue of Vanity Fair. “I’m kind of loving going from thing to thing right now. It’s a lucky feeling to work on stuff that I actually really love. It’s all groovy, so I’m just going to keep on hopping!” she told the magazine. And we’ll be following. [Variety]