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Subject: Angelina Jolie to play Kay Scarpetta
Date Posted: 5/18/2009 12:22 PM ET
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Angelina Jolie to play Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta

Apr 21, 2009, 10:57 PM | by Nicole Sperling

Categories: Books, Movie Biz

Angelina Jolie has signed on to portray crime novelist Patricia Cornwell's heroine Dr. Kay Scarpetta in a forthcoming movie from Twentieth Century Fox and its Fox 2000 division. The screenplay will be based on Cornwell's bestselling Scarpetta series of books, about the beautiful, hard-charging medical examiner who solves crimes, but it will not be focused on any one specific novel. The project has yet to hire a screenwriter or a director. Mark Gordon and Geyer Kosinski will produce.

Mmmm, don't know that I can quite picture that.


Date Posted: 5/18/2009 1:31 PM ET
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She is so not what I picture!!!!!!


Date Posted: 5/18/2009 1:33 PM ET
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Isn't she a bit young?

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 1:38 PM ET
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Soooo not what I pictured either.

It's been a while since I read a Kay Scarpetta book, but isn't she a blonde?  Not that Jolie couldn't play a blonde, she's done it before.  But she just doesn't seem the right type.

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 4:07 PM ET
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Um, not so much.  Not a big fan of Angelina Jolie. I could see Julianne Moore (or however she spells her name) in that role though.

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 4:34 PM ET
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Oh no, that doesn't seem right!  Surely they could have thought of someone better than that?  I must say, altho I read her books, I don't think I would like her in person.  The character or the author.  Altho, I am curious about her past scandal.....if I remember correctly, there was a married woman who was having an affair with Patricia and then the husband dies under suspicious circumstances.  Maybe I should google to check my facts, instead of guessing and gossiping!

Date Posted: 5/18/2009 5:14 PM ET
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Guaranteed box office draw, of course. Doesn't matter in Hollywood if actor/actress is a good fit. I'm not much of a movie-goer so it doesn't matter much to me, but HollyWould goof again.


Date Posted: 5/18/2009 5:38 PM ET
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Ok, so I did google and while there wasn't a murder, it was attempted murder and quite a story!!  If I knew how to do the "link" thing, I would add it here, but I don't, so I won't.  Check it out...I googled "Patricia Cornwell affair scandal" and came up with the article from Mail Online.  Oh, and there is a book coming out about it all "Twisted Triangle" by Caitlin Rother and John Hess.


edited to add: I am a bit behind the times apparently, this isn't really new!  The books has been out for awhile, where have I been?!   Oh, here on pbs forums!

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Date Posted: 5/18/2009 6:30 PM ET
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I always pictured Jodi Foster as Kay Scarpetta.

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 12:35 PM ET
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I always pictured Scarpetta as having a really hard edge to her, including her looks.  It's hard for me to visualize an actress with that kind of edge.  Definitely not Jolie though.

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 3:52 PM ET
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NO!!!!  I can't picture Angelina Jolie as Scarpetta at all.  In my mind Scarpetta is older, and less glamourous.  I could picture Jodie Foster or Felicity Huffman or Susan Sarandon in the role.  But Hollywood  casting doesn't like putting older women in lead roles if they can help it. 

BTW,  a link to the story of the minister, cornwell and the affair occurred in the community where I now live.  It happened just months before I moved here and I wondered what kind of place I was moving to, since the Jobn and Lorena Bobbit incident also occurred here.  A link to the story: http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/1996/07/07/1996-07-07_best_selling_author_patricia.html

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Date Posted: 5/19/2009 6:11 PM ET
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That's almost as strange a casting as the rumor that was floating around that Reese Witherspoon wanted to play Stephanie Plum in the movie that was supposedly in talks.  Everyone I asked wants Sandra Bullock to play S.P. and she's all I can picture, not Witherspoon, who's a little too cutesy for me.   Jolie as Scarpetta doesn't have a feel to it at all, either!  I always pictured an older Jodie Foster playing her.

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 6:26 PM ET
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Wonder what the casting director's contact info is.... there's been much better suggestions here!

Date Posted: 5/19/2009 6:53 PM ET
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I think Reese Witherspoon had actually bought the rights to the Plum movie (at least that's what I'd heard) so she could do the acting herself. IMO, Sandra Bullock is a bit old to play Stephanie Plum, isn't she? I can't remember now, I quit reading the Plum books after the 7th one, but isn't Stephanie in her late 20's/early 30's? Bullock is at least in her mid-40's I think. I agree though, Witherspoon is too cutesy for the role.

As to Scarpetta. Bah! There's another series that went to hell in a handbasket after about the fifth book. I loved the first few and ended up nearly throwing the sixth one (I think it was the sixth) across the room and haven't looked back. I wouldn't care WHO they got to play the role, I wouldn't watch it anyway.


Date Posted: 5/19/2009 6:53 PM ET
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Susan Sarandon could do this role justice.