|Bafta nominations announced
With A Pearl Earring was nominated in 10 categories for the 2004 Orange
British Academy Film Awards. Stephen Fry announced the nominees at the
The film received
Best British Film, where it will compete with Love Actually; Carl
award for special achievement by a British Director/Producer or Writer
in their first feature film (Peter Webber); Best Adapted Screenplay
Hetreed); Best Actress (Scarlett Johansson); Best Supporting Actress
Parfitt); Film Music; Cinematography; Production Design, Costume
and Makeup and Hair.
The host says he's
getting the names of films wrong on the big night. The comedian says
titles of many of this year's main contenders are a real headache. "I'm
going to have problems not saying The Girl with the Pearl King and The
Return of the Earring," he joked. He will host the awards eremony for
fourth year running at the Odeon in Leicester Square on February 15.
says that her
Girl With A Pearl Earring co-star Colin Firth gleefully poked fun at
costume, especially since her head was wrapped tightly in a white scarf
for the drama. "Colin kept saying I looked like a peeled egg," says
19, who retaliated by drawing caricatures of the wig- wearing Firth
big hair. "He also said I looked like a Q-Tip. He'd stick little Q-Tips
with happy faces on them up on our makeup mirror." (People,
Portrait of a Rising Star
[T]wo and a half years
was all set to shoot when Kate Hudson... pulled out, causing the
to collapse. The producers rallied, finding new backers and a
new creative team (Peter Webber directs, and Colin Firth took over the
part of Vermeer, originally to be played by Ralph Fiennes).
"They thought I
would really need
to be buttered up—that I would be so upset I was not the first choice,"
recalls Johansson, cheerfully. "But I had the greatest leading man
It was so smooth and so much fun." Now, contemplating the quiet
of her performance, it is impossible to imagine anyone else in the
1/6/04, by Sheila Johnston)
Fabio's Got a Real Pretty Mouth,
On a press junket at
Hotel, Ms. Johansson's mouth was painted a berry red...
Her tall co-star,
Mr. Firth, ambled
his way into the press room, glanced at his watch and nearly collided
pint-size Ms. Johansson's quart-size bouche. Mr. Firth was bemused. Ms.
Johansson smiled a hey-big-guy smile.
"Stop checking your
watch, you grumpy
old man," Ms. Johansson teased.
Was there much
mockery on the film
set, Mr. Firth was asked. Very much so, he said, clearing his throat.
lot of it was directed at my wig," Mr. Firth said, referring to the
locks that give him a brooding 17th-century look for the film. On the
Mr. Firth said, Ms. Johansson kept calling him Fabio. "And what I
was my sizzling look was met with a smirk, and 'I can't believe it's
butter.' " (NY
Times, 12/30/03, by Anthony Ramirez)
Colin Firth: Taking the Lead
"This was a man who
serene pictures repeatedly, capturing the calm of the moment in a house
that is incredibly chaotic,'' said Firth, who studied Vermeer's work in
museums. "Everybody knows what it's like in a noisy house. Everybody
what it is to need to work, to close yourself off in a room and have
sounds going on. Everybody knows what it is like to have a bit of a
life, a secret passion or a dream. Looking from my own vantage point, I
think one of the most interesting things is that kind of creative
within a very earthbound domestic environment.''
opinionated on the subject
of Vermeer's secret life...As portrayed in the movie, Vermeer's
with Griet is loaded with sexual tension, but Firth is convinced it was
never consummated. "I don't think he does womanize at all. I think he
utterly faithful to his wife. His mother-in-law covers up (the times
sees Griet and Vermeer together) because his wife is extremely jealous,
and the mother-in-law knows there will be nothing but trouble.''
Still, the scene
where Griet poses
in his studio is awfully hot, especially when Vermeer smears red paint
over her lips. According to the movie, this accounts for the girl's
red-parted mouth, which leaps out from the canvas far more than her
"The direction in
that scene was
eloquent,'' Firth recalled. "You see a brush going across her lips,
you see my thumb going across. There was no more contact (between them)
than that.'' (read full article here)
Why I love older men (just
ask Colin Firth, Sean Connerey and John Travolta)
No one does turbulent
and sexy intensity
better than 43 year old Colin Firth, and the unspoken, forbidden
between the two creates the most powerful study of erotic tension since
Jane Campion's The Piano
It was really lucky
that Colin and
I had such good chemistry. I had seen him in Pride And Prejudice and
Jones's Diary and he was very sexy, but I still didn't know what to
when I met him. He's such a genuinely nice guy, so sweet. It was meant
to be Colin and me in those roles".
"It's such a rare
role because it's
about her wonderful inner thoughts, which is so appealing for an actor
to play. There's no cheesy dialogue to describe the way she's feeling,"
she explains, "I could just be quiet, which is rare. Often writers fill
the voids with awful dialogue that's very hard to say." And there's no
denying that the taboo attraction between Johansson and Colin Firth is
at its most electrifying in those silences. (You
Film directors don't always play
by the book
Basing a movie on a
has its perils. Despite a built-in audience of readers, there's always
the possibility fans will dislike the way characters they've imagined
"If you're adapting
a novel that's
both widely read and intensely loved, you have a certain
says Peter Webber, director of Girl With a Pearl Earring, based on the
best-selling novel by Tracy Chevalier. "It's also really scary because
everybody who's read the book has cast it in their head. Your version
to be more effective than their version. That's a tall order."
Actors vary in
their use of the source
material to inform their portrayals. Firth, who plays the Dutch painter
Vermeer in Girl With a Pearl Earring, read the novel closely. When
Chevalier came to the set, "I pounced on her and picked her brain."
Firth explains: "I
consumed by a desire to discover something about him. I went to look at
paintings and read what I could and did as much painting as I could do.
I referred to the script, the book, to pictures. It was like a candy
You do all this stuff and in the end, I don't know how much of it makes
any difference to anyone watching the movie. But it made me enjoy
played the title character,
made a conscious choice to trust her instincts. "I did not read the
before or during filmmaking," she says. "It's written in a first-person
narrative from my character's point of view. I just didn't want to be
what I should be feeling at a particular time."
Johansson read the
book after the
film wrapped. "I was dying to read it," she says. "We had a copy of it
on the set, and it was very tempting. I would start to look over some
and my eyes would wander over to the page and then I'd go 'No! Stop
directors choose their
own approaches to adapting books to the screen. Some, like Webber, keep
the novel as an ever-present guide on set. (USA
Today, 12/01/03, by Claudia Puig)
Keeping the Score—Alexandre
"Repression is a word
came up in talking about this movie. It's a story of repression, of two
people—(Johannes) Vermeer, the artist, and his servant. They love each
other, but they just can't. The music had to reflect that, so it
be too busy. We underlined that we wouldn't use excessive period music.
(Director) Peter (Webber) chose not to make this a period movie because
this love story could happen at any time, so baroque instrumenta- tions
and choir seemed too obvious. We did use a large string orchestra and
at Abbey Road; we used piano, celeste, woodwinds and a few brass. The
is special because it never underlines; it brings to the audience
they can't see. I rather like to restrain myself—hold the orchestra
so when I let it go, it's worth it."
is very inportant
in this film, which was a great idea because light was an enormous part
of Vermeer's work. Scenes are marvelously lit: everything is
beautiful outside and in the house, but when you get into the studio,
is dark. In one scene, light is let into the studio when the shades are
opened. I found and paired this sparkle of light with instrumentation
trying not to be heavy-handed. Vermeer's world is full of sensation,
by the music."
"It's not so often
you have the opportunity
to score a movie with such an amount of beauty and silence. The painter
is painting, and the servant is watching; the music would reflect this
carefully coming in and out of scenes. Anything too obvious would have
killed the magic." (Hollywood Reporter,
by Ada Guerin)
Taking Stock of His Locks
In the drama Girl With
a Pearl Earring,
Colin Firth plays a sexy Johannes Vermeer, the 17th-century painter. To
the dismay of the British actor, the role required him to wear a
length wig. "It was itchy, and I was always in danger of looking more
than 17th century," says Firth, 43, whose costar Scarlett Johansson had
a tough time keeping a straight face. "Film wigs are more convincing
toupees, but if your leading lady bursts into fits of laughter at the
of you, it's a challenge," says Firth. "Scarlett would call me Fabio. I
would do a sizzling look, and all she would say was, "I can't believe
not butter!'" (People 12/01/03)
This is the second
time I have met
Firth. The last time he was in Luxembourg, busy playing the Dutch
painter Johannes Vermeer in the beautiful film Girl With A Pearl
which opens in Australia in January. Then, as now, I was struck by how
his dimpled smile transforms his natural glower into something
delight. Based on the book by Tracy Chevalier, Pearl Earring is
the story of how the master came to paint a lowly servant in his house,
for what was to become perhaps his greatest masterpiece—the luminous
for which the film is titled. A film of few words, the forbidden and
sexual desire between the painter and his subject (played by Scarlett
is conveyed through loaded glances and electric touches. Ladies will
his smouldering portrait of an artist, all sexy-grumpy in a long wig,
collars and moody moustache. Filming was going well and in that
Firth was relaxed, amusing, giggly, conspiratorial and forthcoming— a
of himself he does not always display to strangers, being a reserved
of chap by nature, though perfectly polite.
in the art and
life of Vermeer was clearly a most satisfying way to be making a
"I loved going to galleries and being that bloke." Firth
his roles, takes them apart and examines them from all sides, prepares
and researches. "That is the greatest perk of the job, probably," he
from the other side of his sandwich. "It is a licence to have fun and
into a different universe. With actors, as long as you have got that
of thing available to you, life can never really be totally banal. (read
full article here)
Demetrios Matheou's Film
British actors don’t
often get the
sort of reception afforded Hollywood stars - but to the crowds outside
the screening of Girl with a Pearl Earring, and the audience inside,
Firth is one better than a Hollywood star. The cheering for the man
on the ecstatic.
Of course he has to
field yet another
question about a certain Mr Darcy (brushed aside with the smoothness of
his black velvet suit), but Firth is smilingly effusive about his role
as the old master, Johannes Vermeer, in the film.
“One of the
wonderful things about
this profession is that you get the opportunity to indulge hopeless,
nerdy hobbies and interests,” he says. “For this I was allowed to
play with paints in a way I’ve not been allowed to do since I was five
As for how
convincing he was, “I
took comfort in the fact that a brilliant painter looks the same as an
awful one when they have a brush in their hand.”
'Pearl Earring' Wins Top Prize
striking film "Girl With a Pearl Earring," starring Colin Firth and
Johannson, won the top award [Hitchcock D'Or prize] on Sunday, at the
Dinard Festival of British Films.
Inspired by the
of the same name by 17th century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, the
was a "technical tour de force," according to French producer Charles
who headed the jury of eight.
[The film also won
Growing up in
Tasmania, Essie Davis’s
artist father used to tell her that if something was worth doing, it
worth doing well. ‘Do it with all your heart’, he said,’ she recalls.
advice seems to be at the core of what makes Ms Davis such a compelling
actress. In the movie Girl With a Pearl Earring (based on Tracy
fictionalised tale about how Johannes Vermeer was inspired by a
maid to paint his masterpiece), Ms Davis has taken the supporting part
of Vermeer’s wife Catharina (pictured right, opposite Colin Firth as
and turned her into a tortured soul.
I don’t know that I
would have taken
much interest in Vermeer’s wife without her fully-fleshed performance.
In the film, Vermeer bans his family from the studio where he paints,
allows entry to the maid, played with rare grace by Scarlett Johansson.
“It’s terribly undermining when the maid is allowed in, and there is
more than work to be done in there,’ Essie said.
‘It must be
terribly saddening to
watch your husband get a new best friend,’ she added. ‘I was very
that she shouldn’t just be the bad, pain-in-the-ass wife’. Essie
in her aim. (Daily
from press interviews
"You can't really
tell a great romantic
love story about a happily married couple," the father-of-three told a
Canadian newspaper. "Domestic bliss is the stuff of sitcom. Great love
has to have an element of the impossible. Whether Romeo and Juliet, or
Tristan and Isolde, they're kept apart. Even in Jane Austen, they only
finish with the coming together, you don't even get to a kiss in the
"I'm interested in
emotion, its complications,"
he says. "I'm not necessarily an optimist in terms of romantic love.
not the type of romantic who enjoys the weepy movie and then sighs
about it. I'm more interested in the obstacles and the impossible than
I am in resolution and happiness."
mood: Actor Colin Firth summed it up perfectly: "Most of what gets
about a film in a film festival is by an extremely strung-out
and an extremely strung-out actor, for five minutes, and about a movie
the writer probably saw at the wrong time of day."
that all the 17th-century
sets and bottled-up emotions in the film were evident during the shoot.
"It was surprisingly intense, it was an emotional pressure cooker in a
way....We were all in a closed area under the spell of this thing."
Firth said his
understanding of Vermeer's
work was helped by taking a trip with director Peter Webber and
Andy Paterson to see the actual painting "Girl with a Pearl Earring" at
The Hague. "Something hits you when you see the real thing on the
Firth said. (indieWire)
caps by Ann
Enjoying the Perks of 'Mr Darcy'
Firth's role is almost
Vermeer has long hair and a week-old beard, and he works quiet hours in
his studio obsessing over colours. He is not Mark Darcy, but neither,
Firth, is the role a real departure for him.
"I don't think it's
enough of a departure
to call it a departure," he enunciates in a voice that was trained for
the British stage before it found its place in a series of romantic
"I've played a fairly taciturn character in period drama before. But
quite like this."
Because not much is
known about Vermeer,
Firth had to invent him from looking at his paintings—which are so
around the world that the prospect of "visiting all the Vermeers in the
world" is used as a synonym for wide travel in the film Hannibal—and
about his life.
"The tacit nature
of the character
has been drawn somewhat on the tacit nature of the paintings. You have
this sense of quiet in the work wi thin what must have necessarily been
a chaotic household. There's no question about it, with 11 children
around. It was an active world. He grew up in a pub. The beer
was enormous. This was a world that wasn't as calm and tranquil as the
paintings might lead you to believe."
Firth said he found
both the paintings
and the character elusive, which was what drew him to a role in a movie
that he thinks is a risk: will people want to watch a slow-moving
designed as beautifully as a Dutch masterpiece, about how a famous
was created? (full
Who's That Girl
Webber assembled a
starting with Firth, a British sex symbol... “We were lucky enough to
great actors,” Webber said. “But even with great actors, you never can
tell whether the sparks will fly, so you have to use your intuition.
it’s right and sometimes it’s wrong, and in this case it was definitely
right. The performances are what make the movie tick. For me, the
and everything else is background. The most important thing is a
man’s obsession with a younger girl, a younger girl falling in love
an impressive older man, and the jealousy around the house. It’s a
about power, money and sex.” (Read full story here)
San Sebastian International Film
Film Festival has unveiled its official competition line-up for next
51st annual edition (Sept. 18-27).
The festival says
theme of the selection is "living in a world replete with
and highlights the raft of high-profile emerging directors" on
Peter Webber’s UK
With a Pearl Earring has been selected for competition, and will also
for the Altadis-New Director’s Award against fellow official
entries...(Jennifer Green, Screendaily, Aug 22,
Toronto Film Festival (Sept.
Tuesday include: Girl With a Pearl Earring: Peter Webber's directorial
debut starring Colin Firth and Tom Wilkinson. Supposedly the story
one of Dutch painter Vermeer's most famous and enigmatic works. World
The news conference also included the traditional test of Handling's
control as he listed all the celebrities who plan to attend. They
all the sublime
incandescence of the Vermeer portrait for which it is named, Girl with
a Pearl Earring lifts the veil shrouding the painter’s mid-seventeenth
century home life in a transfixing story told from the point of view of
his young maidservant. Every frame is a triumph of composition and
inspired by the Dutch master’s work. Scarlett Johansson and Colin
as Griet and Vermeer, are striking for their inner glow of intelligence
and quiet insightfulness. Based on the acclaimed novel by Tracy
Peter Webber’s first feature is a beautiful study of the glorious
and emotional depths of the period.
Griet goes to
live and work in the household of Johannes Vermeer, she must maintain
equilibrium in a situation where privacy is hard to come by, the lady
the house, Catharina (Essie Davis), is demanding and perennially
and her mother, Maria (Judy Parfitt), is tight-fisted and strict.
As the most
political animal in the
family, the matriarch lobbies hard for patron van Ruijven’s (Tom
support for Vermeer’s work—but van Ruijven is primarily interested in
the struggling middle-class family can do for him.
When Vermeer, the
discovers Griet’s growing interest in painting, he turns to her as a
from domestic stress and she responds with an awakening passion for the
medium. However, their disparate backgrounds—in addition to their
class, age and religious differences—begin to complicate their
relationship. Nevertheless, the master asks Griet to pose for one of
paintings, arousing the jealousy and ire of Vermeer’s wife and family.
a glorious vision
of the period, full of soft, delicate light. Drawing on Vermeer’s
of painting female subjects looking out at the viewer, the film draws
into Griet’s point of view through Johansson’s subtle, mesmerizing
and her wide-eyed, full-faced beauty. And she is matched by Firth, who
suggests the restraint demanded of Vermeer by a society which he so
made the subject of his paintings.
It's this same
that led Peter Webber, a veteran of British TV dramas and
to make his feature debut with Lions Gate's "Girl With a Pearl
the long-awaited adaptation of Tracy Chevalier's best- selling
Based on the
Johannes Vermeer painting
of the same name, the project came to Webber after a previous
director Mike Newell and stars Ralph Fiennes and Kate Hudson
through the cracks. Likening the transition from television to film to
"slipping into a comfortable pair of shoes," Webber cast Colin Firth as
Vermeer and an uncanny Scarlett Johansson as the peasant maid who
his famous painting.
"It's really a
story about repression,"
says Webber, who mimicked the painter's elegant simplicity in depicting
17th-century Dutch culture. "We live in a world where very little is
where sexuality is worn on people's sleeves, where every other film
are jumping into bed. I relished the idea of making a film where people
can't do what they want and have a passion that's denied somehow.
"Maybe it's because
I'm a Brit,"
Webber jokes. "We're supposed to be repressed, aren't we?" (Scott
Tobias, The Hollywood Reporter, 8/5/03)
Premiere's Fall Gems
Based on the
best-selling 1999 novel
by Tracy Chevalier, this fictional story about the relationship between
the 17th-century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (Firth) and the servant
muse in his famous painting (Johansson) is the kind of clothes-on love
story audiences rarely see these days. “You want them to be
Johansson says of the unspoken adoration her shy character feels for
director Webber realized he wanted to make the film when he read the
sexiest scene, in which Vermeer pierces the young girl’s ear. “I
just thought, 'Oh my God, this is something I haven’t seen before,’” he
says. Firth ("What a Girl Wants") admits he was worried about how
to portray the mysterious artist—who left behind a few dozen
but no real self-portrait—but he’d come to terms with his own artistic
limitations: “I could do all the research in the world and never
do an average portrait.”
would rather please fans of the book than art historians. “It’s
surprise to me that there’s an awful lot of middle-aged women who loved
this novel to death, “ he says. “It’s a romantic drama. We
can’t go too highfalutin about it.”
for close-up image]
Canvas to Page to Film
Chevalier's novel becomes
a film, starring the British actor Colin Firth (Bridget Jones Diary,
Shakespeare in Love) as Vermeer and Hollywood newcomer Scarlett
(The Horse Whisperer, An American Rhapsody) as the mysterious
whom Chevalier named Griet, and fictionalized as a maid who worked for
the painter, and eventually became his muse.
dreams about their
book being made into a film. I had hopes for this because it's a very
story, but I was also very nervous and somewhat ambivalent because so
books that become movies fall flat," adds Chevalier.
Shot last November
the film was originally to star Ralph Fiennes and Kate Hudson. Kirsten
Dunst was also reportedly interested in the role, but all fell through
because of a lack of financing. As the book took off, the money for the
film eventually firmed up. Chevalier says she's ecstatic with the
who are playing the leading roles, adding that Griet is a tough
to play since her role actually has very little dialogue. "It's a very
visual book, and a very visual film," the writer says. "Griet does a
of watching, and very little talking. Scarlett plays it perfectly."
At the Banff
session, Hetreed described
the film as a domestic thriller. The first-time director Peter Webber
it a movie about painting. But with a twist. "It's also about money and
sex and obsession and power and repression watching people who want to
shag each other's brains out and not being able to," he said recently.
"That's much more interesting than seeing people do it."
adding that it
was intriguing to watch the actors inhabit her characters, and give
a life of their own. "Colin and Scarlett are very different from each
in how they approached their roles Colin became a complete Vermeer
He travelled all over Europe to see Vermeer's paintings. He took
lessons and learned how to make his own brushes and grind his own
He was very engaged in the script."
Very little is
known of Vermeer,
who died at 43, bankrupt, and leaving behind a wife, 11 children and 35
paintings. Chevalier says Firth, 42, read everything he could lay his
on about the artist. "And I thought, yes!" Because he became obsessive
in a way that I believe Vermeer would have been obsessive about his
Johansson, who was sporting
a mullet at the time the movie was shot, hid that hairstyle under the
headscarf. (Gayle MacDonald, Globe
and Mail, 6/25/03)
Dressed in a
turquoise corduroy suit
and sporting a shoulder-length mop of hair, the great Dutch painter
Vermeer (Firth) is in the midst of a turbulent domestic scene with his
wife (Davis), who has discovered that the servant girl, Griet
has modeled for him—wearing her earrings. Quite a scandal, if
live in 17th-century Delft.
a film about painting," first-time director Webber says on the
set of Girl With a Pearl Earring, an adaptation of Tracy
1999 best-selling historical novel that imagines a liaison between the
artist and the subject of the eponymous painting. (Kate Hudson and
Fiennes were originally set to star until early financing fell
"But it's also about money and sex and obsession and power and
watching people who want to shag each other's brains out and not being
able to. That's much more interesting than seeing people do it."
Little is known
about the Dutch master,
who when he died at 43 left behind a wife, 11 children, and 35
but virtually no record of himself. Firth's suit and coiffure are the
improvisations. Is the hair real?
"No," says the
(Bridget Jones's Diary), fondly twisting a strand. "I think this
is probably no longer possible." The actor, who says he fell in love
the painter's work when he saw Young Woman With a Water Jug at
Met several years ago, admits that he has become a bit of Vermeer nerd.
But gathering trivia hasn't helped him to demystify the artist. "I
love to know what Vermeer looked like, and what he had for breakfast,
what he sounded like when he spoke," says Firth. "I'm dying of
But it wouldn't help me get any closer to his pictures."
the other hand, in dyed-blond eyebrows and period clothes looks
like the subject of the famous painting. She also adopted a British
"I'm just trying to avoid sounding like a complete asshole," she says.
The young actress is relieved to be shooting this under- stated love
in Europe, and that it's not a typical American production. "It would
completely hellish to have the pressure of putting on a Hollywood
or putting in a scene where Vermeer sees Griet washing her
[Set Fact: "I have
a mullet," Scarlett
Johansson says of her new hairstyle, which works well under the
that her character Griet wears throughout the film. "So it's not
a period cut."] (Kirsten Hohenadel, Premiere,
He dons a
paint-spattered smock to
play the 17th-century Dutch painter Vermeer but Colin Firth is no
"I used to paint a bit when I was younger but you could give me a
of lessons and I'd still never be able to produce a Vermeer," he
at the opening night of The Three Sisters— starring his English
Patient co-star Kristin Scott Thomas—the other night.
"Luckily, I just have
to look like
I can hold a brush and that's about it." However, in preparation,
42, fondly remembered as wet-shirted Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice,
been travelling the globe to familiarise himself with Vermeer's work.
paintings are all over the world. Hitler even had one. It's in Vienna
it's still got the Nazi swastika stamped on the back. Chilling." (The
fresh from the lead
role in "28 Days Later," has joined the cast of "Girl With a Pearl
along with Alakina Mann ("The Others"), Judy Parfitt ("ER") and Essie
This quartet rounds
out the supporting
cast of the movie, which stars Colin Firth, Scarlett Johansson and Tom
Peter Webber is
directing this adaptation
of Tracey Chevalier's bestselling novel about the relationship between
17th century Dutch painter Jan Vermeer and his maidservant. Shooting
start Nov 18 in Luxembourg. (Variety 10/25/02)
Oscar nominee Tom
star in the dramatic indie feature "Girl With a Pearl Earring" for
Peter Webber. Shooting begins next month, with Colin Firth and Scarlett
Johansson also starring.
"Earring," based on
the novel by
Tracy Chevalier, is about a peasant girl (Johansson) who is forced to
as a maid in the home of famed Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (Firth),
she eventually becomes the model for what would become one of his most
famous works. Wilkinson will play the wealthy Van Ruijven, one of
Pathe Pictures is
producing the project,
with Lions Gate handling domestic distribution. (THR
is to take the
lead role in new period drama Girl With A Pearl Earring. He
play the 17th-century Dutch painter Vermeer in the film version of
Chevalier's best-selling book. It will be directed by Peter Webber.
Filming starts in
Luxembourg in November.
will be US actress
Scarlett Johansson. (Ananova 9/18/02)
It is a great day
for fans of Colin
Firth. The actor, forever remembered as wet-shirted Mr Darcy in Pride
Prejudice, will shortly be back in period breeches in Girl With A Pearl
appear as the 17th-century
Dutch painter Vermeer in the film version of Tracy Chevalier's
book. It will be directed by [Peter] Webber and filming starts in
in Luxembourg. "The cast have only just been confirmed, " says our
source. "Colin's on board as the Dutch Master who died at the age of
leaving a widow and 11 children."
His co-star will,
we learn, be American
actress Scarlett Johansson, 18, who plays a servant girl who forms an
relationship with the impov- erished Vermeer (who never sold a painting
in his lifetime). (Express 9/18/02)
Johansson has also landed
the title role in "Girl with a Pearl Earring, " the Lions Gate/Pathe
that will co-star Colin Firth. That pic, based on the novel by
Chevalier, nearly went into production with Kate Hudson and Mike
but now Johansson will star for director Peter Webber. (Michael
Fleming, Variety, 8/15/02)