Winona Ryder’s comeback potential that semi-started with the “Black Swan”/”The Dilemma” double whammy (hey, the latter might have bombed but she got really good reviews) is attempting to continue via “The Stare,” which Deadline has announced will star Ryder alongside no other than Mr. James Franco (in what has to be like the 10th film he’s signed on for this year, despite also studying toward multiple degrees, directing various projects, popping in on “General Hospital” now and again).
It’s a role that seems very appropriate for the questionably minded (but, as anyone who follows this blog knows, personally beloved) Ms. Ryder. She’ll star as a playwright who “finds her mind beginning to warp as she struggles to launch her next production. She’s plagued by dreams and visions of being watched, but can’t decide if she’s at the center of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality.”
Franco plays one of the performers in the playwright’s production, and also produces. Having him around seems be a good sign, though between the Oscars and the downright horrible trailer for “Rise of the Apes”, I wonder if his spread-thiness is starting to rear its head. I’d also question the film’s director, Jay Anania, who is pretty unproven (his as-yet-unreleased “Shadows & Lies” – which also starred Franco – debuted at Tribeca last year as “William Vincent”… he’s teacher of Franco’s who heads the directing program at the graduate film school at NYU).
But let’s stay optimistic: Ryder is on her biggest roll since the late 1990s, even if that’s not exactly saying much. Love you Noni: